A British Colombian man who lost $500,000 in disability payments at an online lottery site is suing The British Colombia Lottery Corporation for not intervening on his behalf.
Tyler Hatch says that he enrolled in a BCLC program to help problem gamblers. He then used a large $550,000 disability payment related to a depressive disorder as well as bipolar disorder that was diagnosed in 2010. By the time he got the payout, he had racked up a huge debt with the BCLC's PlayNow website, and had negotiated a payment to repay that debt by using the disability payments.
After paying the debt, the problem gambler went back to the PlayNow website, racking up about $50,000 in additional debt. Hatch claims that since he was enrolled in the problem betting program three different times, officials at BCLC should have stepped in and stopped him from gambling.
In his lawsuit Hatch's lawyers claim, "As a result of his compulsive gambling addiction and the failure of the BCLC to take any steps to prevent him from gambling away the entirety of his future income, the plaintiff suffered disastrous financial ruin."
Hatch is seeking restitution for the losses as well as breach of contract and special damages.
The BCLC is planning a defense statement and said that they will issue no further comment at this time.