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Lottery website to stay offline pending review

After shutting down its new gambling website because users were able to access others’ information and gamble with their money, the B.C. Lottery Corporation said it won’t be immediately reactivating PlayNow.com.

The casino and sports betting website was shut down shortly after launching last week.

At first, the BCLC said the site was overwhelmed with new customers, but later announced there had been a privacy breach.

Some gamblers had caught glimpses of users’ personal information — including banking information — and a handful were apparently able to gamble with other people’s money.

Elizabeth Denham, B.C.’s information and privacy commissioner, launched an investigation into the issue last week.

She said the website won’t be re-instated until the province is confident the privacy of online gamblers will be protected.

A public report will be issued when the investigation is done.

B.C. became the first jurisdiction in North America to offer legal, casino-style gaming online when it launched its controversial PlayNow.com site nearly two weeks ago.

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