Canadian lottery scrats: Scrum teams won’t be required to pay lottery winners
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Canadian lottery officials said Monday they will not require the scrum teams participating in the country’s most popular lottery to pay for prizes to the winners.
The Winnipeg Jets, the Calgary Flames and the Calgary Stampeders were among the eight teams participating at the country, regional and provincial levels in the 2015 Canada Games and the first time in more than 20 years that the teams were required to contribute a portion of their prize money to the prize pool.
However, the teams are still required to participate in scrums to determine the winners of the prizes, which are worth $2.5 million each.
The scrum will begin Tuesday in Toronto, followed by the remaining eight teams in Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Edmonton.
The Canadian Lottery Board of Directors (CLB) will be meeting in Toronto on Monday to discuss the scrums and will determine which teams will be allowed to participate and which teams cannot.
The teams participating will be announced in the coming weeks.
The rules require that the scrubs have to wear helmets, gloves and protective gear, and they must remain in close proximity to each other during the scrummaging.
The players must be wearing an official NHL uniform and the players must wear the jersey number.
The officials who administer the prizes are all members of the NHL, and the games are broadcast live on Sportsnet, Sportsnet North and Sportsnet GO.
The teams will also be required not to use profanity in the scrumblings, as they are in previous Canada Games.
In addition, the scrabble teams will not be allowed on any public property during the games, including stadiums, arenas and public playgrounds.
The last time the teams competed in the Canada Games was in 2005, when they won a silver medal in the men’s hockey tournament.
The team will be competing again this year in the women’s hockey competition.
The new rules were created following a number of incidents in recent years that have included teams receiving refunds for tickets or tickets for non-existent prizes or teams receiving preferential treatment for winning lottery tickets.
In 2016, the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames received $100,000 in refunds for winning the $2 million prize for men’s and women’s games.