Dropping out of lottery pool costs teacher millions
Dave Johnston is kicking himself for pulling out of a lottery pool that's about to cash in a lucky ticket for $30 million.
The steam-fitting instructor at Red Deer College in central Alberta, Canada, used to play regularly with plumbing teachers he sat with in the school's lunchroom every day.
But he pulled out over a year ago.
It's hard to stay in, said Johnston, who added he kept putting in his cash but the pool wasn't winning big. He eventually decided it just wasn't going to happen ...
Nov 25, 2011, 3:10 am - Lottery News forum
Canadian couple claims $40M Lotto Max jackpot
By Todd Northrop
A Saskatchewan couple from the village of Paradise Hill won the top prize of $40 million from a Lotto Max draw one week ago.
Claiming the huge jackpot Friday, John and Darlene Kinzel have won the largest lottery prize in provincial history after taking home $40 million in last Friday's Lotto Max draw.
John bought the ticket at the Fas Gas Northside Service in Lloydminster, Alberta, and says he picked all the numbers randomly. While his picks weren't planned, John might ...
Aug 29, 2011, 12:58 pm - Lottery News forum
Canada couple loses out on $1.64M jackpot
Judge's ruling ends an Alberta couple's bid for a share of a 2007 Super 7 lottery jackpot
Relying on their friends to ensure they were covered for a lottery pool has cost an Alberta, Canada, couple $1.64 million, a judge has ruled.
In a written decision released Wednesday, Justice Suzanne Bensler said Michael and Catherine Clancy of Okotoks, Alta., weren't entitled to a percentage of a Nov. 23, 2007, $20 million jackpot.
The plaintiffs' story is sad, Bensler said, in concluding the 21 ...
Jul 14, 2011, 11:35 am - Lottery News forum
Judge rules in legal dispute over $33M Lotto Max jackpot
After legal battle, judge rules original Lotto Max claimant entitled to prize
A $33 million lottery jackpot should soon be in the hands of an Edmonton man who has waited almost two months to claim the prize, one of the biggest awarded to a single lottery winner in Canada.
A judge on Wednesday ruled that Matthew Hayduk should be immediately entitled to $33,301,693.30 after finding that another would-be prize claimant, Ted Baltoussen, did not have standing to assert a claim to the money.
Jun 23, 2011, 12:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Legal fight over $33M lottery ticket could end next week
A $33 million lottery jackpot is in dispute, with two men from Edmonton, in Alberta, Canada, laying claim to the hefty prize.
The Western Canada Lottery Corporation believes Matthew Hayduk is the legitimate winner of the April 22 Lotto Max draw, but six others suggested they might have bought the winning ticket.
After court proceedings this week, all but two of the would-be winners have relinquished claims to the prize Hayduk and Ted Baltoussen. Some of those involved had accused friends o ...
Jun 18, 2011, 6:14 pm - Lottery News forum
Canadian woman wins lottery on 18th birthday
A Winnipeg teen celebrated her birthday the way most of us can only dream of with a winning $1 million lottery ticket.
Taylor Witzke turned 18 on Labor Day, so as an adult, she decided to buy a few lottery tickets the next day four Scratch 'n Win tickets.
I scratched a Blackjack ticket and won nothing, then picked up the Set for Life ticket, Witzke said. I saw three Set for Life symbols, but thought, no, you must need four. So I turned it over and read the instructions ... I handed it to ...
Sep 16, 2010, 8:40 am - Lottery News forum
Saskatchewan couple wins $20M lottery jackpot
Saskatchewan's most recently minted multi-millionaires may have traveled to their press conference in a limousine Thursday, but the couple say they are simple people who just happened to have won $20 million.
Hopefully things won't change a lot, said Craig MacDonald, who with his wife Lorna is the winner of the Jan. 23 Lotto 6/49 draw.
We may take a little more time for ourselves, maybe a bit more vacation, Craig said.
We'll be learning a lot more about finance.
We're very simpl ...
Feb 19, 2010, 8:29 am - Lottery News forum
Five-time lottery winner accused of taking ticket from group
It will be up to the courts to decide if a Calgary-area man's amazing run of lotto luck will continue.
Seguro Ndabene of Airdrie, just north of Calgary, has already won the lottery four times in the past five years including two wins of $1 million, another of $100,000 and a fourth prize of $50,000.
But his biggest win of all $17 million in a Super 7 draw back in January is being disputed.
Ndabene's claim as sole winner is being questioned by a man who alleges the winning ticket was part ...
Oct 28, 2009, 9:52 am - Lottery News forum
Lawsuit filed against Western Canada Lottery
Alleges 'systemic misrepresentation' of scratch games, seeks $100M
Regina lawyer Tony Merchant has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Western Canadian Lottery Corporation (WCLC) and the corresponding provincial agencies over scratch-and-win tickets.
The case is being brought forth on behalf of all persons who, since Nov. 1, 2001, purchased or acquired scratch-and-win tickets from a game order for which all tickets containing top prizes had already been sold, reads the statement of cl ...
Nov 20, 2008, 9:39 am - Lottery News forum
Canada selling booby-prize lottery tickets
The Canadian lottery that regulates sales of scratch-off tickets in three provinces and three territories sells tickets whose grand prizes are already won.
Officials with the Western Canada Lottery Corp in Winnipeg told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. the policy was no secret and customers are advised in small print about the process.
WCLC spokeswoman Andrea Marantz told the broadcaster that, before buying tickets, players can check the corporation's Web site, which is updated weekly, to s ...
Nov 11, 2008, 12:19 pm - Lottery News forum