The record-tying $70-million Lotto Max jackpot has been won by a 22 years old IGA grocery store worker in a suburb of Quebec City. The result was announced on Tuesday. The identity of the winner remains undisclosed. But the people in neighborhood and those familiar to the person have been sharing that the grocery bagger has checked the winning ticket.
On Wednesday morning at the IGA Extra in the Saint-Romuald district of Levis, he checked to realise he has won the big money. He started crying and shaking when he saw the result, said the onlookers. One of his co worker said that the winner’s father came to take him home as he wasn’t in the state to drive back home. It is not surprising as the odds of winning the Powerball (파워볼) Lotto Max grand prize are one in 33 million.
A press conference will be held by Loto-Quebec to introduce the winner to the world. Head of public relations Patrice Lavoie announced this but did not reveal any other details other than hinting that the jackpot could be a shared one. A $700,000 commission will be given to the store which sold the winning ticket, from where the guy bought the lottery ticket i.e. equivalent to one-per-cent of the prize money.
The $70-million prize is the biggest ever won in the province of Quebec. It has come during 50th-anniversary celebrations by Loto-Quebec, the province’s lottery corporation. There are other eight $1-million prizes being won in Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and Atlantic Canada.
In last 2 months, this is the 2nd time that a $70 million jackpot has been at stake, last draw was won on Jan. 7 in Ontario. The Tuesday draw has generated total sales of nearly $54.1 million. The coming Friday Lotto Max lottery jackpot will be of $19 million.