British Columbia Lottery Corporation

British Columbia Lottery Corporation

August 07, 2008 11:58 ET

British Columbia Lottery Corporation: $45 Million Lotto 6/49 Jackpot Won

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 7, 2008) - Last night's Lotto 6/49 jackpot, which ballooned to a whopping $45 million, has been won.

Two winning tickets, matching all six numbers, were sold - one in Ontario and another in Quebec. This means the huge jackpot will be shared, with each winner earning an estimated $22.5 million.

This was the largest ever advertised jackpot in Canada, originally estimated at $43 million, with a flurry of late sales taking it up to $45 million. It is not the largest jackpot ever awarded, however, as a group of 17 Alberta oil and gas workers shared $54.3 million in October 2005, exceeding the estimated jackpot of $40 million at the time.

This Saturday's jackpot is now an estimated $4 million.

Lotto 6/49 is the nationwide lottery game drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 6 p.m. (PDT). Players can purchase tickets at any lottery retailer or at BCLC's PlayNow.com web site.

BCLC is a provincial Crown Corporation reporting to the Minister of Housing and Social Development through a Board of Directors. Its mission is to offer socially responsible gaming entertainment, generating income for government programs, including health care, education, amateur sports and community and charitable programs, throughout British Columbia. In fiscal 2007/08 more than 6,850 community and charitable organizations received community gaming grants as a result of BCLC net income. BCLC is an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

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