British Columbia Lottery Corp. is forecasting a significant decline in public support for gambling as it continues to expand its controversial PlayNow.com online casino. According to the Crown corporation's service plans, that support was initially expected to increase two percentage points between fiscal 2009/10 to 2010/11 - from 61 percent to 63 percent. But the corporation is now predicting it will decrease to 55 percent over the same period. That prediction comes on the heels of PlayNow.com's launch, was which marred by security breaches, as well as reports of questionable transactions at the province's casinos.
February 15, 2011