The Atlantic Lottery just made history with a record-breaking $64 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot win in New Brunswick’s Gloucester County. The ticket sold in this rural area is worth the largest prize in Atlantic Canada to date, surpassing a $60 million win in Newfoundland and Labrador. This jackpot had the largest 6/49 payout in almost seven-and-a-half years, according to Molly Cormier, the Director of Brands and Communications at Atlantic Lottery.
“For those who play the lottery and who buy Lotto 6/49 tickets, I think everyone has that bit of hope and excitement that it could be them who takes home the jackpot,” Cormier explained. She added that they are still waiting for the lucky winner to step forward and claim the prize. “There’s someone who bought a ticket in Gloucester County who potentially doesn’t know they are a multi-millionaire right now.”
The odds of winning the Lotto 6/49 jackpot are relatively low; however, the game’s popularity remains high across Canada. In the Gold Ball draw system, a player receives a unique 10-digit number, and one draw is made for all Gold Ball numbers issued across the country. The jackpot amount is determined by a random draw system with white balls worth $1 million each and a gold ball that grows in value with every draw until it’s picked. Cormier revealed that the draw only had two white balls left and the gold ball, which was worth $64 million, making the odds of winning one in three.
Players who are interested in the payouts and numbers can find them easily on the Atlantic Lottery website. This new record-breaking jackpot comes after another recent win where a New Waterford, N.S. woman won $31 million from a ticket she received as a gift on her birthday. At the time, it was the biggest prize won in the Maritimes.
The Atlantic Lottery is always advertising at the county level for a precise prize claim process when a potential winner steps forward. Cormier stated that once a winner comes forth and they can match the retain store where the ticket was purchased, they will advertise it. Winning such a vast sum is undoubtedly life-changing, and for players who buy Lotto 6/49 tickets, the hope and excitement keep them coming back to the game they love.