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Calgary man claims $50M lottery win months after draw

Joshua Caines claims the winning $50 million ticket from the August 30 LOTTO MAX draw.
Joshua Caines claims the winning $50 million ticket from the August 30 LOTTO MAX draw. Western Canada Lottery Corporation, Courtesy

This year’s holiday season is going to be a lot more merry and bright for one lucky Calgary man.

Joshua Caines collected his $50-million prize on Friday, months after the Aug. 30 LOTTO MAX draw.

Caines didn’t know he had the winning lottery ticket for more than two months. He said the winning ticket sat in his wallet and then on a shelf until November, when he finally decided to check it.

“I had heard that the $50 million was still unclaimed in Calgary,” Caines said. “And I knew I had some tickets I hadn’t had time to check yet.”

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He checked the winning numbers online and scanned it with the Western Canadian Lottery Corporation Lottery Manager app on his phone to confirm he had a winner.

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“I thought to myself, ‘Am I seeing this right?'” Caines said. “Once I showed it to a couple of people, that’s when it started to feel real.”

The Calgarian said he’ll take his time to plan for the future and not make any major decisions immediately on what to do with his winnings.

Caines bought his $9 quick pick LOTTO MAX ticket from the 7-Eleven at 7712 Ranchview Drive NW in Calgary.

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Caines becomes the third massive LOTTO MAX winner from Alberta this year. In August, an Edmonton man claimed a $60-million jackpot and another Calgarian captured a $65-million prize in October.