British Columbia Lottery wants to upgrade computerized drawing system
By Todd Northrop
Canada's British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) in order to expand and improve its ability to conduct computerized lottery drawings.
While the lottery may view a new computerized drawing system as a step-up for the organization, lottery players may feel differently. In the United States, computerized drawings are the basis for the biggest scandal to ever rock the lottery industry.
According to the RFI, the British Columbia ...
May 6, 2016, 10:59 am - Lottery News forum
Quebec bill would force Internet firms to block access to online gambling sites
A little-publicized bill that is making its way through Quebec's legislative process has digital-law experts and others worried that the concept of a free and open Internet is being threatened in the province.
Bill 74 includes a provision that seeks to force Internet service providers to block Quebecers' access to online gambling sites that aren't approved by the government.
The province's finance minister says the bill is necessary to protect the health and safety of Quebecers because ill ...
Apr 13, 2016, 12:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Ontario woman claims record $64M Canadian lottery jackpot
A Mississauga, Ontario, woman has won what is being called the largest jackpot ever in the history of Canadian lottery.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. says Zhe Wang held the single winning ticket for its $64 million jackpot.
According to the OLG, she has chosen not to share any details of the win or what she plans to do with the money.
The OLG says the ticket was from the Oct. 17 Lotto 6/49 draw and was bought at a Petro Canada in Mississauga. The winning numbers from that drawing ...
Mar 15, 2016, 8:38 am - Lottery News forum
Canadians need to be creative about buying, redeeming Powerball lottery tickets
Includes video report
With Canadians in a frenzy to get a piece of the U.S. Powerball draw, consumer advocates say people should exercise caution before forking out cash for tickets.
No one matched the Powerball numbers this weekend, meaning the already-record setting prize is now at an estimated $1.3 billion US almost $2 billion Canadian.
The next draw is Wednesday, and the odds to win are close to one in 300 million, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association.
It's expected ...
Jan 12, 2016, 8:59 am - Lottery News forum
$50 million Lotto Max winners finally revealed after 2-year fight to remain anonymous
The winners of the $50 million Canada Lotto Max ticket, sold in Langley, British Columbia, in March, 2014, say they will be continuing with their lives, like normal.
Friedrich Mayrhofer, 67, his wife, Annand, and his son, Eric, have been named as the claimants of the prize only the second $50 million jackpot in B.C. history.
The family tried to stay anonymous and claim the prize, but that's against British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) rules.
The winning ticket was presented to of ...
Dec 18, 2015, 6:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Group of 12 co-workers claim $60M Lotto Max jackpot
A group of 12 colleagues from Markham, Ont., say they don't plan on retiring after picking up the $60 million jackpot at the Ontario Lottery headquarters Thursday.
The group of workers, who are employed by Canadian Black Book, purchased their ticket in Brampton, Ont. and will each receive $5 million.
One of the winners, Dennis Cartier, told reporters he was on his way to pick up a burrito for lunch when he checked the winning ticket.
I stopped at a gas station and decided to check the ...
Oct 2, 2015, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Canadian lightning strike survivor wins lottery
Defies odds of 1 in 2.6 trillion of both events happening to one person
Lucky would be an understatement to describe one man in Canada.
Peter McCathie survived being hit by lightning when he was a teenager and now he's won the lottery both events combined come to about a 1 in 2.6 trillion chance.
McCathie is splitting the $1 million Lotto 6/49 prize with co-worker Diana Miller, the Atlantic Lottery told ABC News today.
He's getting an additional $10,000 since he owns the Amherst Shor ...
Jul 23, 2015, 12:01 pm - Lottery News forum
20 co-workers share largest Lotto Max jackpot ever
Claudine Forget said she feared the worst when her colleague began chatting with her online this past weekend by saying: Call me it's urgent.
He told me to sit down, said Forget, who works the night shift for hardware retailer Rona Inc. south of Montreal.
I told him to stop. I thought something had happened to his family. Then he said we won $55 million.
Forget and all but one of her co-winners graveyard shift workers who bought the Lotto Max ticket together collected their windfall ...
Jul 21, 2015, 9:50 am - Lottery News forum
Canadian lottery winner fighting to remain anonymous
The winner of a $50 million lottery who waited a year to collect the prize and has still not been named more than a month later is fighting for the right to remain anonymous.
The person doesn't want to be identified as the winner of the March 16, 2014, Lotto Max prize, a source who didn't want to be named said, despite a clear statement by the British Columbia Lottery Corp. (BCLC) that anyone buying a ticket must allow their name and photo to be published before collecting a prize.
The win ...
Apr 27, 2015, 8:09 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery windfalls can buy anything except anonymity
Former Canadian lottery winners say lucky ticket holder should prepare for wave of unwanted attention
The hucksters started calling only hours after Brenda Schley's good fortune was announced.
Strange cars turned up outside her Clearwater, B.C., home. Then strangers began rubbing the 57-year-old for luck.
And that win only involved $1.75 million.
It's almost scary, says Schley, a year after matching six out of six numbers on a Lotto 6/49 draw.
We had to leave the house for abo ...
Mar 12, 2015, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum