VANCOUVER – Lotto officials were waiting to hear from the four ticket holders who won a share of what is touted as the largest lotto jackpot in Canadian history.
A spokesman for the British Columbia Lotto Corporation says three of the winning tickets for Saturday’s $63.4-million 649 jackpot were purchased in B.C.’s lower mainland.
Chris Fairclough says the fourth was purchased in Alberta.
He says each ticket holder will walk away with approximately $15.85 million.
The previous Canadian lottery record was $54.3 million, a 649 draw that was won in 2005 by a group of 17 oil and gas workers in Camrose, Alta.
Before Saturday’s draw lotto officials had estimated the jackpot would be about $55-million, but Fairclough says a massive spike in last minute ticket sales boosted it.
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