$50 M jackpot goes unclaimed for 3rd week in a row

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Thirty Canadians became millionaires overnight, but no one had the winning ticket to the whopping $50 million bounty, part of the largest prize in Canadian history.
This was the third week in a row that the jackpot went unclaimed, but that's unlikely to faze those who won the 30 $1 million Maxmillions "consolation" awards.
Among the provinces, Ontario had the biggest number of Maxmillions winners with 16, followed by 11 in Quebec.
The unclaimed grand prize means the Lottery Corporation will have another $50-million bounty up for grabs for next Friday, plus an additional 55 Maxmillions prizes - to create a $105 million prize lot in total. The number of Maxmillions prizes include those that were not won in Friday night's draw, in addition to those generated from new sales for the next draw.
Players had about a one-in-28-million chance of winning the $50 million grand prize, and the 30 lucky Maxmillions winners had a one-in-600,000 shot.
But the steep odds of winning didn't scare lottery players away. The Lottery Corporation said sales for the June 18 draw jumped nearly 40 per cent across Canada.
Last November, a Manitoba resident won the full $50-million jackpot, and months later, in February, two ticket holders split the $50-million pot.

Organizations: Lottery

Geographic location: Ontario, Quebec, Canada Manitoba

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  • Whadaya at?
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Right on, CheerBear, it's not rocket science , is it by ?

  • CheerBear
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    To Jason: How is it rigged? Ontario alone has 26 times the population that Newfoundland and Labrador has, and Quebec has about 15 times our population. Assuming that the same percentage of people buy tickets in both provinces, for every one person in NL that wins a prize, there'll be 26 in Ontario and 15 in Quebec that win. There's nothing 'rigged' about mathematics.

  • craig
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Thats alot of money coming out of average households across Canada. At one point at my last job we put $1200 in the pot for one draw. I have a couple questions: how much profit is the lottery corp making? and are they trading on the TSX - I want to invest my money there ...

  • spartan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    got to agree with you there jason. it's rigged.

  • Jason
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    What a surprise Ontario and Quebec won 27 of the 30 Maxmillions prizes. Does this not seem like it's riged to you?

  • Whadaya at?
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    Right on, CheerBear, it's not rocket science , is it by ?

  • CheerBear
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    To Jason: How is it rigged? Ontario alone has 26 times the population that Newfoundland and Labrador has, and Quebec has about 15 times our population. Assuming that the same percentage of people buy tickets in both provinces, for every one person in NL that wins a prize, there'll be 26 in Ontario and 15 in Quebec that win. There's nothing 'rigged' about mathematics.

  • craig
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Thats alot of money coming out of average households across Canada. At one point at my last job we put $1200 in the pot for one draw. I have a couple questions: how much profit is the lottery corp making? and are they trading on the TSX - I want to invest my money there ...

  • spartan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    got to agree with you there jason. it's rigged.

  • Jason
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    What a surprise Ontario and Quebec won 27 of the 30 Maxmillions prizes. Does this not seem like it's riged to you?