June 12 saw the 35th anniversary of the first ever Lotto 6/49 draw in Canada. The draw created a format that was later adopted in many other countries including the UK Lotto in England and the Powerball draw in the USA
Over the last 35 years, the minimum Lotto 6/49 jackpot has risen from its initial $500,000 to its present $5m. The strangest ever draw was the one held on March 19, 2008 with 239 winners in the five or six balls and the bonus ball tier rather than the usual two or three. The draw saw the numbers 40-45 all drawn out. Let’s look back at some of the best Lotto 6/49 stories covered on lottery24.com.
The largest ever jackpot was in October 2015 when a single ticket sold in the Mississauga area of Ontario won a $64m Lotto 6/49 jackpot.
Success doesn’t come immediately for some players: Sheila Nagels from Hamilton, Ontario, played the same number for seven years before winning a $5m Lotto 6/49 jackpot prize in February 2015.
Syed Bakht from Saskatchewan felt the need to go to his local store to get some Coriander. While there, he bought a lottery ticket and ended up winning $1m Lotto 6/49 prize in the September 23, 2015 draw.
Saskatchewan is a lucky place to play the Lotto 6/49 draw and in many ways. Two years ago, Rod Holinaty won a $14.2m jackpot on this lottery and then proposed to his girlfriend.
Not every lottery player immediately claims their big win. In 2015, it took Sheila Cleasby from Edmonton three months to collect her $1m Lotto 6/49 windfall.
What would be your first purchase after a big lottery win? For Caroline and Clayton Leyte from Central Newfoundland, it was a packet of Rice Krispies after they scooped a $1m Lotto 6/49 prize!
Even ‘Santa Claus’ has had success playing this lottery. James Hartlin from Nova Scotia has that nickname because of his big white beard. In May 2016, he won a $9,824,873 Lotto 6/49 jackpot all thanks to his lucky hat.
Last year a couple from British Columbia won $9m playing the Lotto 6/49 draw and claimed their big win before even telling their children about their life-changing win.
Do you dream of a lottery win? Well, Olga Beno from Nova Scotia says the numbers that won her a $5.3m Lotto 6/49 jackpot came to her in a dream!
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