Loto-Quebec to use virtual reality to counsel winners on coping with windfall

This post was originally published on this site

Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017 11:55AM EDT

Quebec’s lottery corporation is using virtual reality to help winners cope with the real-life emotional and financial rollercoaster that often comes with hitting the jackpot.

Loto-Quebec says it’s offering the technology for the first time today to a winner who scored a $500,000 prize on a mobile game.

The technique involves wearing a headset that immerses the user into various real-life scenarios they could encounter.

A spokesman says it lasts several minutes and includes scenes at a house party and a workplace.

Brian LeCompte says the VR experiment compliments counselling services already offered to the roughly 1,500 people a year who win prizes of $25,000 or more.

The project is a partnership with Fondation Jasmin Roy, a group that hopes to one day use virtual reality to combat bullying and discrimination in the workplace.