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2012-03-24 at 10:29

$50M local winner?

By Jeff Labine,
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No one has yet to come forward to claim the largest lottery win in Thunder Bay history.

Officials with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming announced the winner numbers for Friday night’s Lotto Max draw and found the big $50 million prized ticket was bought in Thunder Bay. As of Saturday afternoon, no one has come forward to claim the prize.

The winning numbers (not official) are 06-18-21-23-24-32-48.

OLG Spokeswoman Dita Kuhtey said the winner or winners have up to a year to come forward to claim their prize. From there they will have to come to Toronto to verify that they are the winners.

“$50 million is definitely the highest for Thunder Bay,” Kuhtey said in a phone interview with

“Lotto Max was launched in 2009 and there has been no $50 million in Thunder Bay. It is a big win. The review process includes where they purchased the ticket as well as confirming the identity of the ticket holder. It is really just to make sure the right prize is going to the right person.”

She said the retailer that sold the ticket will receive a fixed sum of money. The retailer will receive $1,000 for the jackpot and $100 for each week the jackpot rolls over.

She said the total amount will be $1,500 and added they won’t know where the ticket was purchased until the ticket is validated.

But while the prize remains unclaimed, some residents told what they would do with that amount of money.

Taisha Rose said she never plays the lottery because she never wins but if she did, she would use the money to pay off all her bills.
“$50 million would go toward all my rent, pay off all my bills that I owe money to and the save it,” Rose said.

Having heard the winning ticket was in Thunder Bay, she said she may play the lottery but only once and a while.

Brian Arnold, a 29-year-old carpenter, said he would retire and travel with his friends.

“The first thing I said I would do is get a private jet at the airport and round up all my friends and go somewhere which we would decide last minute,” Arnold said. “I play the lottery occasionally. My dad always called it the dummy tax so I don’t want to fall into that category but it is too tempting sometimes.”

Leslie, who did not feel comfortable giving her last name, said she would give the entire amount away to one of her favourite charities the Salvation Army. She said the Cumberland Street facility was in dire need of repairs and the money would be going to a good cause.

“I would ask (the Salvation Army) if they wanted a new building because the one on Cumberland is falling down and decrepit,” Leslie said. “What are you going to do with that money? It’s corruption. I truly believe that.”

Yvon Gaujean shared Leslie’s opinion that whoever claims the money needs to be careful. He said his father won the lottery twice about 15 years ago and it changed him for the worse.

But whatever happens, Gaujean said the person who wins needs to stay grounded.

“Just be yourself,” Gaujean said. “Money is an evil thing that we need to survive. Stay grounded and don’t become somebody else.”

Fourteen MaxMillions prizes of $1-million each were also up for grabs in the draw, and there are four winning tickets.

Two winning MaxMillions tickets were sold in British Columbia, one in Quebec, and one on the prairies.

With files from the Canadian Press

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ThunderBayFullOfCrime says:
Someone is gonna be happy lol thats great, too bad it wasn't me.
3/24/2012 10:52:05 AM
eddylives says:
That is awsome news for the lucky winner or winners.
I wish you the best and enjoy the new beginning in your life.
3/24/2012 10:55:56 AM
thunderbaycouncel says:
thats awsome!!! going to check my ticket in like 10 minutes! not even having my morning coffee!
3/24/2012 10:57:56 AM
nvjgu says:
Hey buddy ," Spare some change for the bus.
3/24/2012 11:26:58 AM
Sindee says:
oh man ..
3/25/2012 11:34:01 PM
get_the_chip_off_your_shoulder says:
This is just an idea. But why not get the city to purchase 1 ticket for every draw under the corporation of the city. Imagine if the city won 50 million. It could fix alot of roads in the city.

I just hope the winner of the ticket needs it. It's always sad when rich people win the lottery and don't give to charity or anything.
3/24/2012 12:16:43 PM
AJ147 says:
Awesome!!! Hopefully a lot of their long held dreams start coming true. Enjoy!!!
3/24/2012 1:34:34 PM
jimmyboy says:
Hopefully it is a group who pooled their money together to purchase theses tickets...spreading the wealth is a good thing...congrats to the winner/s
3/24/2012 1:41:44 PM
trent says:
Damn, wasn't me. But I sure was excited while checking my numbers :)
3/24/2012 1:45:32 PM
realist says:
I hope it was my co-workers. They are a great bunch of people who deserve a break in life.
3/24/2012 2:57:15 PM
stuck? says:
Congratulations to the winner or winners :) Pretty cool to hear about local winners!

50$ million is a helluva lot more than what I won several years ago and people still recognize me as winning to the day.

If you know you won and haven't actually verified the ticket and.. for some reason are reading this.. let it be for a few months ;)
3/24/2012 3:06:01 PM
CGA says:
I hope the luck has come to a good person at heart. Though it wouldn't surprise me if the ticket landed in the hands of someone who makes 2 million per year ... usually how it goes down.
3/24/2012 3:34:39 PM
wayne says:
[sings] "If I had 50 million dollars"

Congrats to the winner(s)!
3/24/2012 3:54:52 PM
Optimistic says:
This is awesome news... yaaaaay for the lucky winner!!
3/24/2012 5:22:28 PM
kirkage says:
i hope i am related to them somehow haha. Seriously though congrats and i hope you spend it the way you want it spent now how anyone thinks you should spend it.....and buy me a lambourghini?
3/24/2012 7:54:29 PM
calvin15 says:
At work yesterday someone was asking if any names have been released as for the winner....I said the winner was a very good friend of co-workers wanted to name their name...I wouldn't tell them....only because I don't know it yet :) congrats on the windfall
3/26/2012 8:25:21 AM
jubjub says:
Congrats to the winner! That's a huge jackpot, just imagine what you could do with 50 million. Somebody is a very happy camper today!
3/26/2012 9:16:27 AM
CarbonFootprinter says:
The advice to lying low for awhile is the best to heed. Put the ticket in a safe deposit box.
Collect your thoughts, and plan out your future moves. Unless you're close to the end personally, nothing will likely be lost by waiting a few weeks, perhaps even months. If anything, probably best to just secure your home, and rent one somewhere else in a place you've always wanted to visit. Then just go directly there after you claim the prize.

As for donating it all, like Leslie in the article would do. That's very virtuous, but the best possible use in cases like that, is to form a trust, or foundation, to protect/control the tax-free principal. After it's earned income, and taxes, etc are paid on the earnings, then disburse it to where it's needed most.

I like to refer to this list when i'm making my charity decisions at year end. Though i do favor the local shelterhouse as well, which is too small to be listed there.
3/26/2012 9:29:00 AM
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