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Winning lottery ticket, worth $8 million, bought in B.C.

The B.C. Lottery Corporation says a ticket purchased in Chilliwack for the Lotto 6/49 draw on Wednesday, Mach 9, 2022, won $8 million. Global News

Someone is B.C. now has eight million reasons to celebrate.

On Thursday, the B.C. Lottery Corporation (BCLC) said a ticket purchased in Chilliwack won Wednesday night’s Lotto 6/49 draw — a windfall worth $8 million.

The BCLC said that ticket was the only one purchased across Canada to match all six winning numbers: 16, 25, 31, 34, 40 and 42.

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The $8 million hadn’t been claimed by Thursday afternoon, with BCLC noting that lottery winners have 52 weeks from the draw date printed on their ticket to claim their prize.

“Upon winning a life-changing lottery prize, some players prefer to wait before claiming their prize to make personal and/or financial arrangements,” BCLC said in an email to Global News.

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“Other players prefer to contact BCLC immediately. It’s an individual decision, and all lottery players have one year from the date of the draw printed on the ticket to claim a prize.”

The lottery corporation noted, though, that a small percentage of lottery wins go unclaimed each year in B.C., with most being for a small amount such as a few dollars.

BCLC said it’s extremely rare for major prizes of $10,000 or more to go unclaimed. However, it noted that a winning ticket worth $15 million that was purchased in Vancouver for the Aug. 13, 2021, Lotto Max draw is still unclaimed.

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Also, a ticket worth $1 million from the March 18, 2020, Lotto 6/49 draw purchased on Vancouver Island was unclaimed when it expired at midnight on March 18, 2021.

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BCLC says unclaimed prize money is returned back into the prize pool.

In related news, BCLC says there were three other notable B.C. winners this week.

A ticket purchased in Victoria and a ticket purchased online at PlayNow.com both matched 4/4 numbers, with each winning the top Extra prize of $500,000.

And a ticket bought in New Westminster matched five out of six numbers plus the bonus for a prize of $100,774.60.

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The BCLC says the odds of winning a Lotto 6/49 jackpot are 1 in 13,983,816, while the odds of matching 4/4 on the Extra are 1 in 3,764,376. Lastly, the odds of matching five of six numbers plus the bonus are 1 in 2,330,636.

BCLC says in 2021, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $99 million in winnings from Lotto 6/49.

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