Winners

A Friday Lotto Max winning prize of $20 was used to buy the winning ticket of $20 million jackpot on Tuesday draw!

Ken and Susan Salter, retired couple, got double lucky, using a Friday Lotto Max winning prize of $20 which brought them winning ticket of $20 million jackpot on Tuesday draw! This couple who had been regularly buying Friday Lotto Max ticket only had the urge to buy ticket from Tuesday draw because they had won a mere $20 from the previous Friday draw. The October 29 Lotto Max draw gave them a whopping $20 million jackpot prize.

The winning ticket was validated at the Tyhee Market in Telkwa. Cindy and Katie Savage, mother and daughter, are co-owners of the market. Katie knows Ken as he is a regular ticket buyer on Fridays. When he came, he asked where the winning ticket was bought, and the lotto clerk said it is in the Stikine region. He went to the clerk and said, “you might want to scan this ticket”, smile all over his face not knowing that he was the lucky one. It was during the end of the lunch hour in Oct 31.

When his ticket was scanned, the terminal froze and the clerk panicked, after seeing $20 million, he shouted saying he did not know what to do. They all looked, and Ken was in total disbelief. The long-time Telkwa resident matched all seven numbers to win. The winning numbers were: 10, 17, 18, 22, 23, 25, 34 and bonus number 37. Ken just stood shaking like a leaf. The store called BCLC to confirm the win, get the machine unlocked and give Ken all the info he needed to pick up his winnings.

Ken called his wife, Susan. He barely whispered, “We just won $20 million”. There was dead silence before he heard him talk so she thought that something was wrong. Susan took it as a joke at first and was ecstatic after.

The Salter family has no plans of leaving Telkwa, instead they plan on building their dream house on their own property. Ken Salter says it will be a rancher with an island in the kitchen, something Susan has always wanted for baking. The couple also want a games room, a laundry room and a couple of guest rooms. Also, they are excited to take a river cruise in Europe. They will also buy new vehicles for three close friends and pay their mortgages. They have seven children whom they will share their winnings equally. The one thing that will truly change is that they will start to regularly play Lotto every Tuesdays. “That’s what we’re gonna do,” said Ken. ” We just want to have fun.”

Ken said, “Why would you buy a ticket if you didn’t want to win. But you never really believe that. And when it happens, it’s surreal.”

$65 million biggest Lotto Max jackpot in Alberta history and ties up with the largest Lotto Max winning in Canada.

Tai Trinh won the $65 million biggest Lotto Max jackpot in Alberta history and ties up with the largest Lotto Max winning in Canada.

Buying coffee and a Lotto Max ticket from a local shell is a daily routine for the 63-year old Vietnamese. Tai Trinh, was extraordinarily cool in winning the jackpot. He did not tell any of his family and friends and they only found out when he claimed the prize. Unlike most jackpot winners, Trinh has no grand plans on how he will spend his money and said that he will just keep it in the bank for now and get on with his life as is. He admits that the money will indeed make his life easier.

Trinh does not believe in lucky numbers, so the $65 million winning numbers came from a $6 quick pick. The winning numbers from the October 4, 2019 draw are 20, 31, 35, 36, 39, 42, and 44. He is the 200th winner from the Prairies and Territories to be made a millionaire by Lotto Max since the game launched in 2009. His winnings ended a 6-year dry spell in Calgary, with the last major jackpot winning of $40 million was won on May 2013. Trinh was one of the Vietnamese people who came to Canada in 1980. Another Vietnamese just recently claimed a $60 million jackpot winnings from October of last year’s draw had also migrated to Canada in the 1980’s.

Longest 305 days to claim $60 million Lotto Max jackpot.

Bon Truong took his time for the longest 305 days to claim $60 million Lotto Max jackpot, two months before the ticket expires.

The Vietnamese landscaper decided to claim his winnings after keeping his ticket in a safety vault for ten months. Truong, a husband and a father of three did not tell his family of his jackpot winnings. He mentioned winning to his wife but did not say that it was the jackpot.

Truong had been buying weekly lottery tickets for nearly 30 years for the same combination of numbers from important dates and family birthdays. It took both persistence and patience before he finally claimed victory. He migrated to Canada in 1983 with nothing and worked as a landscaper same as his brother. He had been living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His niece said that her father and uncle worked hard, played lottery, saved money to buy houses and prepared better lives for their children. She was just happy for them.

The winning numbers are 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 20 and 30. He first found out about his winnings on his phone. When he realized that his numbers finally hit the jackpot, he could not really believe it. He then went to the store and asked the clerk to print off the winning numbers. He took it home and stared at the result for hours. The winning ticket was bought in October 2018 at the Pure Casino Yellowhead in Edmonton. It took him ten months before he claimed his winnings because he wanted to think things through on how it will affect his family. He knew it would change a lot of things for them and he wanted to be ready for those changes. His priority is to pay off his mortgages and debts, buy a new house for his family and to travel, though, he does not have any location yet in mind so he said they will try to go everywhere.

A retired fisherman from Richmond man has won the largest lottery prize in B.C. history.

A Richmond man has won the largest lottery prize in B.C. history. He is a retired fisherman who won the $60 million Lotto Max jackpot on the July 26, 2019 draw. Joseph Katalinic, retired for 20 years, plans to live like a king after winning the jackpot. Katalinic’s quick pick matched all seven winning numbers which turned out to be the largest prize won in B.C. history. This beats the three $50 million Lotto Max winners before. He said that he usually picks his own numbers but on that winning day, he added a quick pick on his purchase.

He purchased the ticket at the Seafair Smoke Shop and it was there that he scanned it to check. He thought it couldn’t be true. He felt excited and even went to two 7-elevens to make sure that it was real. When he saw 60, he said he went nuts and he was walking around like a wild dog, just crazy. He celebrated with a shot of whisky because he needed it.

The first one to hear the good news was his elder daughter who then relayed the message to her husband. Then, Katalinic told his younger daughter. The family was full or emotions after hearing the great fortune they won.

Katalinic was born in Flin Flon, Man., but lived most of his life in Richmond, which he calls his home. He had been a fisherman since he was 16 years old after he quit school. It was a seven-man crew out of Steveston, he said. After winning, he plans to travel with family and visit Europe where his parents were born. He really has no grand plans with the winning money so he will take it easy for a while.

He waited nearly a month to claim the prize. The ticket was kept in a safe-deposit box at his bank and went on with his life. Prior to winning, he had a knee operation, then, the other knee is bothering him now. Also, his sister died on August 17, after him winning the jackpot. Katalinic said that there was more going on in his mind other than the $60 million.

A new Canadian millionaire claimed $55 million after 2 months of winning!

Dwayne Williams is the new Canadian millionaire who waited for 2 months before claiming his prize. This technology entrepreneur purchased his ticket at CNIB Lottery Kiosk in Walmart on Baldwin St. in Whitby. Like a tradition, when jackpot prize reaches $25 million, they will buy ticket on Friday and check the ticket first thing in the morning, However, on the day after his winning ticket was drawn, he and his family had been busy with shopping errands that they failed to check the ticket first thing in the morning.

On the radio, while driving, they heard that a ticket holder from Oshawa area had won the jackpot, he and his wife joked about them winning it, not having a single idea that it was really them. At home, Dwayne checked his ticket on the online app together with his brother. And, to their surprise, there was the number 55 which he thought gave him $55,000. “Did someone hack the OLG app?”, William thought of this. After counting all zeros, Williams screamed and ran upstairs to his wife. He then fell on the floor after sharing the good news. The family all filed up on top of each other on the floor laughing on their good fortune.

Williams, 35 years old and a father of two said it was life changing event and wanted to think through the process, prepare for the future and learn how to be rich. He plans to invest in his business, buy a peppy, fast luxury car and travel to Europe and experience culture, castles and museums. However, Williams will continue to work as it is important for their kids to see their father participating in normal routines, being productive and giving back. His family came from Caribbean and had been living in Durham for a decade since moving to Canada.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” Williams said. “It’s happy, it’s joy, it’s looking forward to the future and thinking about just all the things that I can responsibly do for my family.”

He said, “I was in disbelief; it was just such an amazing, overwhelming feeling,” recalling all the times he entered raffles and draws throughout his life but was never successful.

Dwayne Williams of Whitby dropped by the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto Thursday morning to claim his whopping $55-million prize.