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First Powerbucks Progressive Jackpot Won in B.C.


British Columbia has its first Powerbucks progressive jackpot winner. On June 12, 2018, a player at Chances Castlegar won the $1,101,989.79 prize while playing the Arctic Gems™ online slots game.

Arctic Gems™ immerses players into the arctic wildlife. The artistic facade creates an astonishing experience for animal and nature lovers alike, and is just one of the Powerbucks games available at gambling and entertainment facilities in B.C.

“We are thrilled to celebrate B.C.’s first Powerbucks winner,” said Brad Desmarais, Vice President, Casino and Community Gaming. “When we first launched Powerbucks in 2016 we knew it would be an innovative product that would provide our players with the very best in gambling entertainment.”

Powerbucks is North America’s first progressive prize pool on a online slots game, available at B.C. casinos and online casino at The progressive jackpot grows as more people place bets across other participating Canadian jurisdictions, including Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and P.E.I.

"Chances Castlegar has been buzzing with excitement ever since we found out B.C.’s first Powerbucks jackpot was won here,” said Sandi Schrader, General Manager, Chances Castlegar. “It shows that big wins can happen anywhere.”   

Created by International Game Technology (IGT), BCLC was the first Canadian jurisdiction to offer Powerbucks to its players.

BCLC offers socially responsible gaming entertainment while generating income to benefit all British Columbians. For 33 years, BCLC has delivered more than $21 billion to the B.C. government to support communities, provincial programs and services, charities and major events that have helped shape B.C. Learn more at   

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