Lottery ticket worth nearly $46 million purchased in Alberta
Published Thursday, November 15, 2012 11:56AM MST
Last Updated Thursday, November 15, 2012 7:08PM MST
Albertans are proving they’re a lucky bunch, as another multi-million dollar lottery ticket was purchased in the province.
At least one or more Albertans are multi-millionaires, after officials confirm one winning ticket worth nearly $46 million drawn in Wednesday’s Lotto 649 was purchased in the province.
The Western Canada Lottery Corporation says the ticket was purchased somewhere in the province, but outside of the two major cities.
“It wasn’t sold within the city limits of Edmonton or Calgary,” said Andrea Marantz with the Western Canada Lottery Corporation.
“It might be somebody that lives in Calgary or Edmonton who just happened to buy a ticket while they were out in the country.”
Marantz say this is the third biggest Lotto 649 jackpot in Canadian history and all three top jackpots so far including Wednesday night’s draw, have been won in Alberta.
“If Albertans believe that old ‘lightning strikes twice’ myth, they maybe won’t be buying tickets, but it’s struck three times now,” she said.
“It really does seem like Alberta’s a particularly lucky place.”
However one gambling expert says while gambling is big in Alberta and could be giving the province a slight advantange, in the big picture, he insists Albertans have no better odds than anyone else in the country.
"Lottery winners are randomly distributed across the population," said Brad Humphreys.
"It's as random as you can get."
The winning 6/49 numbers from Wednesday's draw are 15, 20, 29, 36, 38, 42 and bonus number 27.
The winner of the ticket has not yet come forward.
“We haven’t heard from the winner at all so they may be walking around out there and have no idea that they now have $45.6 million,” Marantz said.
Less than two weeks ago, a group of 15 Edson-area rig workers won a $25 million Lotto Max prize.
With files from Bill Fortier