Calgary man claims $50M lottery win months after draw
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This year’s holiday season is going to be a lot more merry and bright for one lucky Calgary man.
Joshua Caines collected his $50-million prize on Friday, months after the Aug. 30 LOTTO MAX draw.
Caines didn’t know he had the winning lottery ticket for more than two months. He said the winning ticket sat in his wallet and then on a shelf until November, when he finally decided to check it.
“I had heard that the $50 million was still unclaimed in Calgary,” Caines said. “And I knew I had some tickets I hadn’t had time to check yet.”
He checked the winning numbers online and scanned it with the Western Canadian Lottery Corporation Lottery Manager app on his phone to confirm he had a winner.
“I thought to myself, ‘Am I seeing this right?’” Caines said. “Once I showed it to a couple of people, that’s when it started to feel real.”
The Calgarian said he’ll take his time to plan for the future and not make any major decisions immediately on what to do with his winnings.
Caines bought his $9 quick pick LOTTO MAX ticket from the 7-Eleven at 7712 Ranchview Drive NW in Calgary.
Caines becomes the third massive LOTTO MAX winner from Alberta this year. In August, an Edmonton man claimed a $60-million jackpot and another Calgarian captured a $65-million prize in October.
It took two months for a Calgary man to discover he had a winning lottery ticket worth $50 million.
Two Broward men win $1 million from scratch-offs
David Selig, Digital Executive Producer
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A pair of lucky Broward County residents just became $1 million winners thanks to scratch-off tickets.
Joshua Smith, 53, of Fort Lauderdale, claimed a $1 million top prize from the “Fastest Road to $1,000,000” ticket, and Florida Lottery officials say he decided to take a one-time, lump-sum payment of $790,000.
His $30 ticket was bought from the Stop N Shop at 2300 South Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. The retailer gets a $2,000 bonus commission.
Paolo Ferorelli, 58, of Pompano Beach, took down a $1 million prize from the $15,000,000 “Gold Rush Special Edition” scratcher. He chose a one-time, lump-sum payment of $700,000.
Lottery officials say Ferorelli purchased his winning ticket from S Liquors, at 1501 Northwest 2nd Avenue in Boca Raton. They also receive a $2,000 commission.
It’s been quite a run for South Florida lottery winners. On Friday, it was announced that a Tamarac man won a $2.5 million jackpot from the Florida Lotto drawing.
Earlier last week, it was revealed that another Pompano Beach man won $1,000 for life from a gas station quick-pick in Oakland Park. And the week before that, a Miami woman’s scratch-off bought at Publix was worth $2 million.
Florida Lottery says that scratch-offs make up about 75% of ticket sales and generated over $1 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund in the last fiscal year.
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A pair of lucky Broward County residents, one from Fort Lauderdale and the other from Pompano Beach, just became $1 million winners thanks to scratch-off tickets.