Bettors Welcome Year’s 1st BC Baby

By Ben Hamill - January 04 2019

Bettors Welcome Year’s 1st BC Baby

Novelty betting is one of the most popular ways to wager for thousands of Canadians. The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) is well aware of this widespread interest, and knew exactly how to keep its punters hooked throughout the holiday season this year: a punting pool based on the first baby of 2019 being born in the province of British Columbia, that is.

Using careful data collection techniques in which exact birth hours were compared across the province, it was established that 2019’s first Canadian baby was delivered at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, BC. The celebrated event took place just a minute after midnight, making this New Year’s Eve an unforgettable one for the family involved. The baby – Dominik Soswa – is a boy, weighing a healthy eight pounds and three ounces.

Janet Shimizu and Lukasz Soswa are the proud parents of this lucky baby, and their names will both appear in the press many times over the next few weeks. In a bid to make the baby’s birth even more special, the father has spelled his name with a ‘k’ instead of the classic ‘c’. The significant event was one of the biggest topics of discussion in Canada only a few minutes after it was announced.

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Punters Given 10 Days to Wager

Due to its sacred nature, a special novelty wager was introduced by the BCLC along with a vast variety of its other famed offerings. Everyone interested in wagering on the event had a chance to place a cash bet and wait to see whether they could spin a profit just minutes into 2019 – and indeed, many did! Punters had about 10 days to bet on which hospital would welcome BC’s first baby of the year.

With the assistance of the local PlayNow iGaming platform, residents of the province were treated to some light-hearted fun and huge potential wins thanks to just one bet. Since the BCLC’s main focus is exciting gaming offerings, the first newborn of the year was a highly fitting opportunity to place money on to kick off the start of the year in an interesting way.

The Underdog Proves Lucky

When the new market was announced, the local gambling entity issued its own odds, which assisted its players in making their decisions. The BC Women’s Hospital in Vancouver had top odds of 5 to 1 for the event, and many were convinced that they would become even stronger once the first baby had been born.

The first child of 2018 was delivered at Surrey Memorial Hospital, and according to the BCLC, the odds presented were 6 to 1 for the medical facility for 2019. The Royal Columbian Hospital, however, was several levels below this top spot, offering odds of 9 to 1. The underdog eventually resulted in an unexpected turn of events – and also a pleasant one for the punters who opted to wager on this hospital!

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