Like other countries, there are a wide array of lottery games that people can enjoy in Canada. But, the Lotto 6/49 stands out in the crowd of games you can find as it is one of the three national games that are offered. It was the first nationwide game that gave players the option of choosing their own numbers. A single play in the Lotto 6/49 game will cost you just $3 and other than the main jackpot draw, there is a second draw that has a guaranteed prize of $1 million. The main jackpot begins at $5 million and will grow until it is claimed. There are two draws per week so two chances to win a prize.
Garson’s Roger and Therese Sirois won the jackpot in the July 11th, 2018 draw of the Lotto 6/49. During the draw, the jackpot amount had reached the sum of $9,333,580.800. The couple has been together for half a century and revealed that they had been participating in the game since it was launched. They also routinely participated in Daily Grand, Poker Lotto and Lottario. As the couple has participated in the draw every Wednesday from 1982, the draw for July 11th was a routine day for them.
They bought one ticket with their own numbers and one Quick Pick ticket. The couple had no idea that this Wednesday’s ticket would change their lives completely. The day after the draw was held, Therese decided to use the OLG Lottery App for checking their tickets and saw the words ‘Big Winner’. She confirmed their win through the website as well. She couldn’t simply believe it was happening and was shocked to say the least.
They had to surprise their two sons so they invited them over the weekend. They told their kids they were moving to Toronto, which led to some excitement, and then showed them a copy of the winning ticket as well as a validation slip. The couple disclosed that their sons were first unable to speak and then couldn’t stop talking. Roger is an ex-military veteran who served 35 years whereas his wife is a retired CRA employee.
The couple had plans of sharing their winnings with the family and to buy a house that would keep them close to their children and grandchildren. Therese said that they were also thinking of a family vacation, but were taking things day-by-day. They had bought the ticket in Garson from the Garson Mini Mart on Falconbridge Highway.
Another couple, this time from Granton won the Lotto 6/49 jackpot worth $9,656,932 in the draw conducted on November 3rd, 2018. 56-year-old Diane revealed that she and her husband enjoyed playing lottery games such as Lotto Max, Lotto 6/49 as well as Ontario 49, but this was the first big win they had had. Diane went to the store for getting her ticket validated a week after the draw. She said that she couldn’t believe it and Clint couldn’t believe it either when he found out after a couple of hours.
The couple own and run a HVAC business and have three kids as well as six grandchildren. They decided on investing their winnings in their business, paying off their mortgage and sharing them with the family. Dianne said that they were going to take things slow because they wanted the winnings to last. They had bought the winning ticket in London from Petro Canada located on Dundas Road. This was another couple who had their lives changed thanks to their participation in the Lotto 6/49 draw.
While these two couples took home the jackpot in this lottery game, Windsor’s Orlando Jr Nalli won the guaranteed prize in the Lotto 6/49 draw held on November 21, 2018. This meant that he took home a prize of $1 million. The 45 year old revealed that he loved playing the lottery and Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Max were his favorite choices when it came to that. The self-employed father revealed that when he went to scan his ticket, he was shocked.
His excitement got him shaking and he had to rescan the ticket to confirm if it was true or not. Married Orlando is father to a total of four kids and when questioned about his plans for his winnings, he revealed that he wanted to spend them on his wife and kids. Orlando said that even after receiving the cheque, he couldn’t believe his luck and thought it was just a dream. He purchased his winning ticket in Windsor. He visited Mac that was located on Grand Marais Road to purchase it and changed his and his family’s lives.
Likewise, Tye from Kingston won a prize of $3,500,000 and Paula and Frank from Hamilton, Darlene and Laurie from Ottawa and Dale from Windsor won a prize of $1,000,000. On March 21, this year, a jackpot worth $20 million was claimed by David Brown and Emanoil (Mike) Kopoulos. They both live in Orangeville and the ticket was checked by Mike a day after the draw. A metal recycler, Mike started screaming when he saw the numbers because he just couldn’t believe it.
The father of two kids decided to give his friend David a surprise. He told his friend of many years that he had some work for him and asked to meet. When David arrived, he told him about the win and the former also started screaming. David, who is self-employed, said that he was overwhelmed and took a photograph of the ticket. The father of three said that he also wanted to aid the community where he had lived for most of his life as he wished to help people.
The pair made plans to help their friends and family, buy new gear for their business, go travelling and pay of their mortgages. They also decided to help their favorite charities in order to support the community. They had bought the winning ticket in Orangeville from Petro Canada located on Broadway Avenue, which changed their lives.