Virtual Reality(VR) therapy is now helping CA lotto winners decline people that ask them for money. Loto-Québec has partnered with the Jasmine Roy Foundation on this initiative. This partnership will help lotto winners ‘say no’ by practising saying no in virtual reality scenarios. Consequently, the Jasmine Roy Foundation is dedicated to combating discrimination and bullying. By teaming up on the VR therapy boat, both organisations will be eradicating the bullying of lotto winners.
Winning the lotto is a glorious experience and can be overwhelming for some people. In some cases, winners don’t know how to react when they win. Not knowing what to do can negatively affect an individual’s financial and emotional decisions.
So, this virtual reality therapy initiative is ideal for winners who can’t say no to pesky well-wishers.
Virtual reality therapy – how does it work?
The therapy method involves placing winners in virtual scenarios they might find themselves in. The circumstances involve interactions with aggressive friends, family members and work mates. In other words, people that would feel entitled to a share of the individual’s winnings. The exciting innovation is eight minutes long and available winners of more than CA$30 000. This amounts to at least 1500 winners annually.
To sum up, Lotto spokesman, Brian LeCompte says: “They’re all just little situations where the person is speaking to you. It’s virtual reality, so you feel like you’re in the shoes of the person who won… And it just prepares them for what might be coming once they walk out the door with their check.”
Although there are numerous drawbacks to winning the lotto, qualifying winners are not obligated to undergo the virtual reality therapy. But, LeCompte advises that this specific therapy “sensitises winners better than any other tool”. He adds, “a very positive post-win experience” is reported after the therapy is conducted.
The virtual reality therapy was successfully used for the first time last Wednesday, by a male player who won CA$400 000; while mobile gaming.
In addition to Loto-Québec’s virtual reality therapy, we advise players to get help from qualified professionals from financial advisers to disorder specialists.