U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion fu­elling bets in B.C.

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Most Cana­di­ans can’t vote in the U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, but it hasn’t stopped many from us­ing their cash to voice an opin­ion on who they think will win. The B.C. Lot­tery Corp. is tak­ing on­line nov­elty bets on the Amer­i­can elec­tion, and spokesper­son Doug Cheng says there has been rapid growth in wa­gers since pre­sump­tive Re­pub­li­can nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump’s cam­paign be­gan to gain mo­men­tum. Cheng says U.S. elec­tion bets have be­come the high­est earner on the web­site’s nov­elty bet­ting cat­e­gory, sur­pass­ing the Os­cars. Cheng says the site cur­rently has the odds of Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton win­ning the White House at about 2-5 and Trump’s odds at slightly less than 2-1. He says in B.C., 38 per cent of peo­ple plac­ing bets have their money on Clin­ton be­com­ing pres­i­dent, com­pared with 25 per cent for Trump.

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