Lotto Max ticket sales on fire as lottery hits record
It's a curious pop culture phenomenon that the richer the lottery jackpot, the bigger the frenzy it creates at retail outlets.
If you need proof, look no further than Canada's Lotto Max multi-province game this month.
On Friday, the nine-month-old lottery is poised to award the biggest aggregate jackpot in Canadian lottery history as its top prize remains at $50 million for the fourth week in a row. (No jackpot-winning tickets were sold during the last three weeks.)
But that's not all. ...
Jun 24, 2010, 9:01 am - Lottery News forum
Mistake on lottery ticket would have won $30M jackpot
Player voids mistake ticket, but it turned out to be the winner
A St. John's lottery player may have saved a dozen dollars while cancelling an overcharged lottery ticket, but missed out on a $30 million jackpot.
A customer at the Corner Store, a convenience store in the Goulds neighbourhood of St. John's, ordered a $12 ticket on May 21, leading up to that night's Atlantic Lottery Lotto Max jackpot.
The [clerk] printed it off and made a mistake on the machine, and it came out $27. She o ...
Jun 19, 2010, 4:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Store owner guilty of stealing lottery ticket, claiming it as his own
Faces up to 14 years for claiming $5.75 million prize
A former convenience store owner pleaded guilty Thursday to fraudulently claiming a $5.75 million winning Canada Lotto 6/49 ticket as his own.
Hafiz Malik, 62, validated the lottery ticket at his now-closed convenience store near Dufferin Street and Dupont Street in June 2004 but didn't tell his customer she had won the jackpot.
Seven months later, he claimed the prize, according to an agreed statement of facts read out in court.
Dec 7, 2009, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
$50M lottery winners share wealth
A Manitoba couple who won a CA$50 million (US$46.7 million) lottery jackpot in the Nov. 6 Canada Lotto Max drawing are sharing the wealth with their Sagkeeng First Nation community.
Kirby and Marie Fontaine have outfitted a hockey team and set their sights on a hot meal program at a school on Sagkeeng First Nation, about 100 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, following their Lotto Max win.
Claude Guimond, coach of the newly formed Sagkeeng 69s, said Kirby approached him shortly after the lo ...
Dec 5, 2009, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
Single lottery ticket wins final Super 7 jackpot worth $24M
The final Canada Super 7 jackpot, totalling almost $24 million, was won Friday night by a single ticket in Saskatchewan.
Lottery hopefuls across Canada were especially interested in the final draw because all the prize money was guaranteed to be won.
A lottery spokeswoman says officials have not yet heard from the winner or winners, adding all they know is the ticket was purchased somewhere in Saskatchewan.
The winner has a year to claim the prize, but can do so as early as Monday morni ...
Sep 20, 2009, 2:43 pm - Lottery News forum
Canada's Lotto Max game to begin in Sept.
Replaces the retiring Super 7 game
First drawing Friday, Sept. 25
Canada lottery players will have the opportunity to play a new nation-wide game starting in September.
Lotto Max tickets go on sale at lottery retailers throughout the country starting Sept. 19, 2009, with the first drawing held on Friday, Sept. 25, 2009.
The new multi-province game, which replaces the retiring Super 7 game, will offer additional $1 million prizes once the jackpot reaches $50 million. Like Super 7, Lot ...
Jul 30, 2009, 7:37 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner picks up check, then gets arrested
$4.4M lotto winner goes straight to jail
It was a good news, bad news day for Barry Shell.
The good news: he won more than $4 million. The bad news: he ended up in jail.
Shell, from Brampton, Ontario, picked up a check for $4,377,298, the top prize in the July 18 draw for the Lotto 6/49.
I went to the store and checked my ticket on the self-serve ticket checker, Shell was quoted as saying in a news release from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.
As soon as I saw how muc ...
Jul 22, 2009, 8:57 pm - Lottery News forum
$50.3M lottery prize to be split 4 ways
There were four winning tickets sold for Saturday night's 6/49 draw offering a jackpot prize of $50.3 million: one in Quebec and three in Ontario.
The lucky Ontario tickets were purchased in the Sudbury area, as well as the Halton Region west of Toronto and Durham Region east of the city. It was not immediately known exactly where in Quebec the winning ticket was bought.
Each winner will receive just under $12.6 million.
The prize is the second-biggest jackpot in Canadian lottery histor ...
Feb 24, 2009, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum
$14M lottery winner promises big tip
For a guy who just won $14.8 million, you'd think Jorma Hogbacka would be a little more excited.
But standing in front of reporters yesterday at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's prize office, Hogbacka said he wasn't surprised because it was in the stars.
Four years ago, (a psychic) sent me a letter that said 'You'll be rich beyond your wildest dream', he said. It feels like another day, except I have a big check.
A semi-retired welder, Hogbacka, 60, of St. Catharines, was ...
Jan 29, 2009, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
Mother and son step forward as $15M lottery winners
George Smith is the epitome of a good boy. For the past five years, the 48-year-old Meaford, Ontario man has been buying Super 7 lottery tickets with his mom.
They've split the cost of the relatively cheap entries but it's never really paid off.
George, along with his mom and dad, came to Toronto Tuesday to claim the big prize in last week's draw a $15 million jackpot.
The winner isn't your flamboyant, screamingly excited, happy dance type. He's a quiet spoken man with a m ...
Nov 26, 2008, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum