Winning the lottery in B.C. could cost you your privacy

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With the LottoMax jackpot sitting at $50 million with 50 additional $1 million prizes, you may be dreaming of what you would do with all that money if you won, but what about what you might be giving up?

Privacy is a huge concern for some lottery winners in B.C. Every time you buy a ticket from BCLC, you are consenting to having your name and picture displayed publicly should you win.

“It’s really important for the integrity of the lottery that we are able to publicize the winners name and the winners picture. Without that, it would be hard for players to know if someone had actually won the prize and who that is,” BCLC spokesperson Laura Piva-Babcock tells Vancity Buzz.

However, some winners say they have had bad experiences with going public.

According to CBC, Brenda Schley said strange cars started appearing outside of her Clearwater, B.C. home after she won $1.75 million on the 6/49.

“It’s almost scary,” Schley, 57, told CBC.

“We had to leave our house for about 10 days because the phone was ringing off the hook.”

When asked whether she thought there was a danger in publicizing the names of lottery winners, Piva-Babcock said she doesn’t think it’s a concern.

“That’s not something that we’ve seen in our experience. I think as well, in this day and age it would be difficult to keep something like this under wraps.”

Some countries around the world allow for anonymity when they collect their prizes. China’s state lottery requires winners to appear on camera, but they can wear a costume if they so choose. Recently, a winner accepted an $85 million prize wearing a bear costume.

The draw for the LottoMax happens tonight at 6 p.m., so be sure to get your

You can watch the man accepting his prize in the unique outfit below:

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