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Ontario Friends Share CA$21-Million Jackpot

The life of three Toronto-area friends has been changed for the better, as according to the OLG they have won a substantial Lotto 6/49 prize. The names of the three lucky winners who have been playing the lottery for quite some time as a team are Kenneth Nitsotolis from Markham, and Bill Tepelenas, and Dino Martino from Toronto.

Lotto 6/49 is a nationwide draw-based game that awards hundreds of millions of Canadian dollars to its player every year. Its main prize is often worth at least several million and each draw also offers a Guaranteed CA$1 million prize to one lucky player from the country. Winning tickets are drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Jackpot Now Split

The Crown corporation of Ontario confirms that the Toronto trio has won a jackpot worth over CA$21,000,000. Their ticket was drawn as the winning one in the September 22 draw of Lotto 6/49, and it was purchased online on the Crown agency’s OLG website. The exact value of the win is CA$21,185,218.10, thus awarding them for playing together for 16 years.

Mr. Nitsotolis was the one to discover about the major lottery win, as he explains that after waking one morning and checking his emails, he saw confetti on the screen. He explains that he initially thought the winning amount was CA$21,000, and he had to rub his eyes to be able to focus the number on the screen with the many zeros.

After realizing that the winning amount was actually the staggering CA$21 million, Mr. Nitsotolis immediately called the other two ticket holders and delivered them the amazing news. While claiming their cheque, the trio said that they have not yet come up with a way to spend their enormous winning, but they will certainly find it a purpose.

The Crown corporation also confirmed that Tuesday’s draw for the other quite popular Canadian game Lotto Max did not determine a winner for the jackpot. With the Tuesday, November 23 draw, the prize stood at the hefty CA$22 million but no one won it. The next draw will be on Friday, November 26, and it will offer a jackpot of CA$27 million.

More Recent Winners

This week, Sagita Narayan from Edmonton, Alberta has also claimed her large Lotto 6/49 prize, worth over CA$16.5 million. Ms. Narayan’s luck turned in her favor as the November 10 draw saw her ticket with guess correctly the winning numbers 2, 7, 18, 19, 23, and 25. With the money, the winner plans on making some home renovations as well as buying her youngest daughter a car for her upcoming 21st birthday.

Recently, the country also found out the names of the winners of the CA$50,000,000 Lotto Max jackpot that was won in Quebec on November 12, 2021. The jackpot will be sliced between five tickets owned by six locals. Their names are Réjean Bernier, Jean Westley Levesque, Gilles Pelletier, Jean-Claude Turcotte, and the duo Danielle Côté and Denis Tremblay. They received their cheques at the recently relocated Loto-Québec office.

Source: Rocca, Ryan “3 Toronto-area friends win Lotto 6/49 jackpot worth more than $21 million”, Global News, November 24, 2021