The odds of winning the Lotto 6/49 jackpot are about 1 in 14 million. The odds of lighting striking the same place twice are about one in nine million.
But doing both at the same time?
That’s just what may of happened — sort of — this past weekend , as two of three winning tickets in Saturday’s Lotto 6/49 classic prize draw were sold in Port Moody. Each earns a share of the $5 million jackpot, or about $1,666,6666.70.
The third winning ticket was purchased in Ontario.
It’s not the first time two jackpot winning tickets have come from the same community in a short period of time. In January a Lotto Max ticket worth $60 million was sold in Richmond Hill, Ont., less than two months after another $60 million winner was purchased there.
Winners have up to a year to claim their prize. If that prize is greater than $25,000, the BC Lottery Corporation advises them to call their customer support line at 1-866-815-1222 for further instructions.
Once winners have claimed their prize, they will be able to afford a single family home to stay in Port Moody, where the median price for such a structure was $1,541,870 in September according to OJO Home, an online real estate company affiliated with RBC Canada.
Although, if their ambitions are more lofty, the prize won’t even come close to covering the down payment of the most expensive home currently listed for sale in British Columbia. According to Point2.com, an international real estate portal, a 12,000 sq. ft. mansion in Vancouver’s West Point Grey neighbourhood with five bedrooms and eight bathrooms is going for $59.8 million.
The winnings are also still about $1 million short to afford the most expensive condo currently listed for sale in Port Moody, a 1,765 sq. ft. three-bedroom penthouse in The Grande at Suter Brook that also features a 1030 sq. ft. rooftop patio.
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There’s also a 66-foot 1990 Northeast yacht along with a boat house at Reed Point Marina available for $800,000.
The retailers of winning tickets gain a little bonus as well. BCLC pays a commission of $2,000 to retailers that sell a winning ticket between $1 million and $1,999,999.99 and .1 per cent of winnings more than $2 million.
For the record, the six numbers needed to match in order claim the jackpot are: 30 31 34 43 45 47
— with a file from Vancouver is Awesome