Most recently, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has disclosed that two major Lotto 6/49 prizes have been won by local ticket holders. The winners were determined in Wednesday’s December 28 draw, and the two winners will each have a hefty CA$2.5 million to their name. Ticket holders are advised to check their tickets.
In September, Lotto 6/49 debuted across Canada with new rules and format. Now the revamped version of the game comes with two multi-million-dollar jackpots at each draw, one Classic and one Gold Ball. Despite the changes, the offering still has two draws per week, one on Wednesday and the other on Saturday. Tickets for the game are available at just CA$3.
Looking for the Two Winners
In its most recent press release, the OLG confirmed that two CA$2.5 million prizes have been claimed by Ontario ticket holders. According to the Crown, the first winner resides in Mississauga and the other in Toronto. The two prizewinners have up to 52 weeks from the December 28 draw to contact the agency, verify their winnings, and claim them at a prize centre.
In addition to that, this week’s draw also saw another cool win in the province of Ontario. The Crown agency reported that an Encore win was registered in the province. It is sized the cool CA$100,000. The next draw for the Lotto 6/49 game will be game will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2022, and it will be the last one for the calendar year.
In another press release, the OLG also reported that two individuals from New Liskeard are one step closer to claiming a lottery prize of CA$500,000 via the Instant High Roller offering. The two are Carrie Noel and Karl Nelson, however, it should be pointed out that Ms. Noel works for an authorized OLG retailer, this claim falls within OLG’s definition of an insider win.
Luckily for the two, the former retail worker did not purchase or validate the ticket at her place of employment. Due to the 30-day publication period, their prize will be awarded to them on January 29, 2023, provided that no additional claims were made prior to that date. Their lucky ticket was purchased Esso on Hwy 11 in New Liskeard.
Saying Goodbye to a Profitable 2022
As the Canadian lottery industry wraps up another successful calendar year, it should be recapped that in 2022 Ontarians claimed some life-changing prizes. Some of the winners include the 83-year-old mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother from Vankleek Hill, Ontario – Vera Page. She won an amazing CA$60 million in Lotto Max play. Her winning ticket was drawn in the November 1 round.
Earlier this year, Patrick Hale from the province also claimed a hefty Lotto Max windfall. The 56-year-old building supervisor from Toronto cashed out a CA$30 million jackpot. His life-changing win stems from the February 4 draw of the game. He discovered his major prizemoney at 6 in the morning when he started checking the numbers on his tickets.
Source: Callan, Isaac “Lottery tickets worth $5-million-plus drawn for Toronto, Mississauga players” GlobalNews, December 29, 2022