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Biggest Lotto 6/49 jackpot in Canadian history up for grabs

11/04/2013

With no winner on last night’s draw, Saturday’s Lotto 6/49 jackpot is an estimated $55 million, the biggest Lotto 6/49 jackpot in Canadian history.

This record breaking jackpot is estimated based on projected sales but the actual jackpot could reach even higher. The Lotto 6/49 top prize has been building since Wednesday, March 13 and has not been won for nine consecutive draws.

The largest single prize ever won in Canada was a $54.3 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot in Alberta in 2005.

Every Lotto 6/49 ticket has the same chance of winning, regardless where it’s purchased. If you win, lottery prize winners have 52 weeks from the draw date printed on their ticket to come forward to claim their prize.

The exact retail location where a winning lottery ticket was purchased is announced only after the winner has come forward to claim their prize.

About Lotto 6/49:

• 64 per cent of Lotto 6/49 tickets are sold via Quick Pick.
• Odds of winning a Lotto 6/49 jackpot are 1:13,983,816.
• The largest single prize ever won in Canada was a $54.3 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot in Alberta in 2005.
• The most remote B.C. community in the province with a major Lotto 6/49 jackpot win is Smithers, B.C. In 1993, a group of six people won a $15 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot.
• A Nanaimo resident won Canada’s largest-ever online lottery prize in 2010 with a $7.6 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot. • Largest group to claim a Lotto 6/49 jackpot in B.C.: a group of 22 from North Vancouver shared a $4.5 million Lotto 6/49 win in 2006.
• Largest Lotto 6/49 jackpot claimed by a group in B.C: a group of six from Surrey shared a $22 million Lotto 6/49 win in 2005.

Lotto 6/49 can be played at all Lotto retailers and Lotto Express locations or online at PlayNow.com, with tickets available until 6 p.m. (PT) on draw days. Winning numbers and group release forms can be found online on lotto.bclc.com.

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