The B.C. Lottery Corp. is paying Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo's $10,000 entry fee into next week's World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas.

Luongo, who has more than $47 million remaining on his long-term contract with the Canucks, has an endorsement deal with the lottery corporation.

As part of that contract, the lottery corporation confirmed Thursday that Luongo represents its Playnow.com poker and casino games website at a number of gaming events, including the World Series of Poker main event.