Loto-Quebec, the state regulator of lottery games in Canada’s Quebec province, has announced that it will soon join forces with Fondation Jasmin Roy to use virtual reality to prepare lotto jackpot winners for what to expect once they have won. Loto-Quebec is planning on working with Fondation Jasmin Roy, a firm established with the aim of curbing discrimination and bullying, to use VR to sensitise jackpot winners. This will provide them with the tools they will need to overcome daily experiences following their wins.
For winners who score more than $25,000 (an estimated 1,500 winners a year), Loto-Quebec already provides support and advice in the form of two and six-month follow-up sessions to help the players cope with their new lifestyles. However, Loto-Quebec’s new venture will differ from this.
The VR technology will assist lottery winners to make crucial decisions in the face of their big wins, including those of a financial and emotional nature.
The new VR technology will require a winner to wear a headset that will immerse them in numerous scenarios that could play out in the wake of a big lottery win. Ultimately, this is intended to help prepare winners for what they will experience in the real world after they strike it rich. So far, the VR experiences have been reported to be about eight minutes long, and have an educational undertone. Lotto spokesman Brian LeCompte has commented that one such example scenario would take place at a house party. In this scene, someone walks over and congratulates the winner before speaking about their dreams of owning a second home in Florida. The winner will learn how to respond to such questions appropriately through the new VR programme.
The new tool will allow jackpot winners to experience situations that could become troublesome once they have won. These challenges are often brought about once winners have their names and faces publicised in the media. These experiences could include friends and relatives asking for money, charities calling for donations, offers of scam investment schemes, and many other scenarios. Winners will be taught how to handle these situations and how to say ‘no’ when they arise. However, these issues can also be much more severe, including incidences of violence such as a Georgia jackpot winner who was murdered for his winnings back in 2015. With this in mind, local police are keeping a watchful eye on North America’s largest ever winner, Mavis Wanczyk, who last week won an incredible $758.7 million – and has since reported scammers, predators and more after the win was publicised.