Canadian grandmother wins $55 million Lotto Max jackpot
Largest lottery jackpot ever claimed in Northwest Territories
By Kate Northrop
A grandmother in Canada's Northwest Territories was stunned by her $55 million (US$40 million) Lotto Max win, but managed to make all the right moves in claiming her prize.
On May 1st, Laura Tutcho had purchased her lottery tickets, but she was not watching for her numbers to come up. It wasn't until her granddaughter alerted her that someone from Yellowknife had won the lottery when she decided to hop on the ...
Jun 11, 2020, 6:19 pm - Lottery News forum
Canadian man wins $60 million after playing the same numbers for 30 years
Includes video report
He waited nearly 10 months to claim his lottery winnings because, he said, he felt so overwhelmed by the size of his luck.
Bon Truong, of Edmonton, Canada, had been playing the same lottery numbers for decades by the time he netted $60 million last fall, CTV News reported. He woke up the day after the Oct. 26 Lotto Max draw and saw that his ticket had won the jackpot, the Western Canada Lottery Corporation said in a statement.
Then Truong paused. He went to a local ...
Aug 29, 2019, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
Canadian man wins $16M, then finishes grocery shopping
Calgarian Alfonso Buonomo's first reaction to learning he'd won a Lotto 6/49 windfall was to go grocery shopping.
Now, he can go shopping with $16.3 million, the biggest Lotto 6/49 win in the city in six years.
When Buonomo checked his $4 lottery ticket for the Jan. 2 draw, at the Creekside Co-op gas bar at 11994 Symons Valley Rd. N.W. where he purchased it, he had a hard time believing he was a millionaire many times over.
I actually thought the prize amount was a bar code number when ...
Feb 8, 2019, 9:38 am - Lottery News forum
Canada couple wins lottery for third time
Winning ticket was a free play won in earlier drawing
By Todd Northrop
An Edmonton, Alberta, couple is walking away with a cool $8.1 million after striking it big in February in Canada's national Lotto 6/49 game.
Barbara Fink didn't know how much she had won when she checked her numbers online the night of the Feb. 22 lottery draw, but she wasted no time calling her husband, Douglas, who was working out of town at the time.
I knew we had all the numbers, but I didn't know how many w ...
Apr 7, 2017, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
$38,194 winning lottery ticket spent months forgotten in a drawer
A Canadian lottery winner said his $38,194 winning ticket almost went unclaimed after he forgot about it for months.
Maximo Ramos of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, said he won $38,194 in the Western 649 drawing, but he was unaware of his win for several months while the ticket languished forgotten in a drawer.
Ramos said he recently rediscovered the ticket and decided to use the self-checking kiosk at a Shoppers Drug Mart store, where he discovered his jackpot.
I was so surprised ...
Sep 29, 2016, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum
$50M Canada lotto winner says he had a vision of winning numbers
Six years ago Randall Rush was at a friend's house watching a football game when a series of numbers flashed into his head.
His friend told Rush to write down the numbers, and when he took a look, he thought they would make for good lottery picks. But the 48-year-old was skeptical he never played the lottery.
He goes: 'If you didn't play and these numbers come up, how would you feel?' said Rush.
Ever since that fateful day, the resident of Lamont, Alberta, has picked the same numbers w ...
Feb 16, 2015, 9:53 am - Lottery News forum
Canadian lottery winner donates $40 million jackpot to charity
Includes audio report
Unlike most big lottery winners who spend days, or even months, trying to figure out how they'll spend their newfound riches, Tom Crist needed only a moment to decide where his $40 million in winnings would go: all to charity. Top on the list would be the medical center that cared for his late wife when she developed cancer.
Still, it took Crist more than six months to tell anybody including family members he'd won. The retired Calgary executive had been lunching betw ...
Dec 20, 2013, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
Western Canada Lottery glitch causes ticket errors
The Western Canadian Lottery Corporation (WCLC) is advising customers to recheck their tickets following a system problem.
Officials said a delay in the draw results may mean that winning tickets weren't correctly identified.
They weren't released to the system until 10:35 yesterday morning. When normally they would be available as the retailors were opening their stores, WCLC stakeholder relations director, Amanda Marantz, explained.
Something that Gilles Caron found out the hard way. ...
Sep 22, 2013, 7:16 pm - Lottery News forum
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