In a new novelty wager, British Columbians can place a bet on where they think the first baby of 2019 will be born.
Twenty-four hospitals across the province are listed as betting options on the PlayNow.com website, including Royal Inland, which has odds of 33/1 that the first baby in B.C. in 2019 will be born in Kamloops.
At 33/1 odds, a $10 bet would fetch $330. In 2018, the first baby born in Kamloops arrived six hours after midnight ‚ at 6:04 a.m. to be precise. Rockey Yu and fiancée Chen Chen welcomed baby Ryan Yu.
So far, B.C. Women’s Hospital in Vancouver is favoured, with odds of 5/1, followed by Surrey Memorial at 6/1.
“That means there is a 17 and 14 per cent chance, respectively, that 2019’s first bundle of joy is born at one of these two Lower Mainland locations,” stated a BCLC release.
“East Kootenay Regional Hospital (Cranbrook), St. Joseph’s General Hospital (Comox), Penticton Regional Hospital and Cowichan District Hospital have the worst odds of 51/1, meaning there is a less than two per cent chance that the New Year’s Baby will be born at one of those locations.”
Bets on the “First Baby Born of 2019 in BC” can be placed until 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29.
At Surrey Memorial on Jan. 1, 2018, the first baby born in B.C. was welcomed to the world just nine seconds after midnight.
While most the province was ringing in the New Year, Manpreet Kaur Nijjar and Hardip Singh Shergill were saying hello to their first child at the hospital – and it wasn’t expected.
The Newton couple’s daughter was due to be born on Dec. 24, but a week of waiting brought on a decision for a c-section.