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Could the price of lotto max tickets decrease?

Recently, Lotto Max has been discussing reducing lotto max fees by $20 for every $100 tickets purchased while MaxMillions is running.

A petition has been signed by Canadian players that can be found here.

The petition calls for a reduction in lotto max fees, and the return of all previous games offered during the time of Lotto Super 7.

Please sign the petition to get our favorite games back!

$50 Million Lotto Max Ticket Remains Unclaimed

A $50M unclaimed Lotto Max ticket is about to expire. No one has cashed in the ticket, which was purchased at a Cambridge store nearly a year ago. If not turned in, it will be the largest unclaimed prize in Canadian history.

The ticket must by claimed by the Nov. 30th expiration date. The winning numbers are: 3 10 13 23 31 41 45.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission is initiating a publicity campaign in an effort to find the winner. OLG has further information regarding the claiming of prizes on their website at www.olg.ca.

How One Man Won The Lottery 5 Times

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Mr. Ndabene threatens to sue the WCLC for temporarily withholding his $17 Million Jackpot prize.

In the last 8 years, Seguro Ndabene has won the lottery a staggering five times. In total, Ndabene has won an astronomical amount of $20 Million in lottery winnings. Is it a coincidence, old fashioned luck, or is there something suspicious when it comes to Ndabene’s excessive lottery winnings?

In his defence, Ndabene claims he purchases hundreds of tickets every month and his winnings are legitimate. “I won rightfully,” stated the native of Mozambique. Yet, Ndabene and a few other lottery winners who have won large amounts of money, numerous times, all share a similar story. They all have close relationships to retailers.

History of Winnings

Ndabene has won 5 Jackpots after buying hundreds of lottery tickets every month. Here is a list of his winnings in chronological order:

  • $17,000,000 – Super 7 Jackpot, purchased in Airdrie Alberta January 2009. Odds to win are 1 in 20.1 million.
  • $1,000,000 – Western 649 Jackpot, purchased in Airdrie Alberta in 2008. Odds to win are 1 in 6.9 million.
  • $50,000 – Western 649 Jackpot, purchased in Airdrie Alberta in 2008. Odds to win are 1 in 1.1 million.
  • $100,000 – Super 7 Extra Jackpot, purchased in Calgary Alberta in 2006. Odds to win are 1 in 76,791.
  • $1,000,000 – Western 649 Jackpot, purchased in Yellowknife NWT in 2005. Mr. Ndabene claimed this prize eight months late but claimed he knew of the win immediately. Odds to win are 1 in 6.9 million.

Evidently, the odds of winning this many jackpots consecutively are slim to none.Some ways he may have won are:

  1. Pure luck
  2. Purchasing hundreds of thousands of tickets each week
  3. Cheating

With no evidence of Ndabene buying hundreds of thousands of tickets each week, and Ndabene stating he only purchases a few hundred tickets per week, it seems he either got really lucky or he found a way to beat the system.

Relationship with Retailers

Ndabene’s relationship with the Airdrie retailer is unclear. However, we were able to determine six facts:

  1. Ndabene bought three winning tickets all from the same Airdrie location.
  2. The Airdrie location where Ndabene won sells tickets to group purchases, which is normal.
  3. Antonin Koprnicky, (brother-in-law to the owner of the Airdrie Kiosk) claimed Mr. Ndabene’s winnings were part of a group purchase and should have been shared with the rest of the group members.
  4. Antonin Koprnicky later rescinded his claim and it was proven in court that Ndabene’s ticket was not part of the group purchase.
  5. One year after the $17 Million win, Antonin Koprnicky won $300,000 but he did not buy his winning ticket from his brother-in-laws location.
  6. Ndabene has bought and won from other retailers including one located in Yellowknife, NT, and Calgary, AB.

Unfortunately, there is no smoking gun.

The case of Ann Lepine and Barkley Heron also raises red flags. In this particular case, the former Fort Smith NT couple shared an $11,000,000 Million Lotto 649 ticket, purchased in 2007. Four years later and after being separated from Heron, Lepine won again, only this time for $7,700,000.

Ironically, both winning tickets were purchased from Heron’s convenience store in Fort Smith, NT.

Ways the Lottery Can Be Cheated

To identify ways to cheat the lottery, it is important to first understand its mechanics. From there, you may be able to identify possible loopholes.

Examining the rules regulating LottoMax:

For a chance to win $15 million, odds to matching seven out of seven numbers are 1 in 28.5 million.

Mr. Ndabene claims to buy an average of two hundred tickets per week. In order to win this many times in a row he would have to purchase hundreds of thousands of tickets per week. Plans to buy 100s of winning tickets per week always ends in disaster.

  • Winning numbers are generated from a machine that randomly dispenses balls with the winning numbers on them. Each ball contains ten numbers ranging from 1 to 49 and the numbers facing closest to the camera are deemed the winning numbers. The numbers are drawn randomly. There is no way to know ahead of time what the drawn numbers will be.
  • Winning numbers are drawn Fridays at 9:30p.m, EST, in front of a live audience. (Last call is Friday at 9:00p.m, EST) If there is a way to back date a lottery ticket then there is a way to cheat.
  • Tickets are purchased from retailers and each lottery terminal is connected to a central computer system that records the time, date, location, and numbers selected. It is possible the retailers could steal winning tickets from unsuspecting customers who come to claim their prize. It is unlikely they found a way to exploit the central computer system.

Conclusion

In the end, it appears luck and good ol’ odds must have prevailed once again!

 

Lotto Max For May 31, 2013

Lotto Max For May 31, 2013

Friday’s Lotto Max draw for May 31, 2013 resulted in one lucky ticket purchased in Quebec. The winner of this ticket has not yet stepped forward to claim his or her $50,000,000 prize.

The Dark Side to Winning the Lottery

Winning Lotto Max Could Ruin Your Life

As one of the most popular lotteries in all of Canada, Lotto Max crowns dozens of big winners each year. However, many of these winners find that their good luck in lottery has led to bad luck in other aspects of life.

Since the names of Lotto Max winners are reported publicly, big winners get a lot of the wrong kind of attention. There are several examples of people who have won the lottery only to find that their lives become ruined if not derailed, and if you happen to pull in a big score, you should be aware of what you might be in for.

A Total Lack of Privacy

One of the most common complaints of Lotto Max winners is that they get hounded by the media. In an effort to get a story, a lot of members of the media will come to your home, follow you around and harass you in public.

When former Ontario school teacher Craig Henshaw won a $21.4 million Lotto Max prize in 2011, he had to hide out in a hotel room for over a week to escape the media. He also received over 365 texts the day his victory was announced. Many of the text messages came from former students and teachers who he worked with, many requesting Craig to pay their student loans or credit card bills.

The constant harassment was the main reason Henshaw resigned from teaching. Henshaw stated that he unfortunately had to let go of about 25% of his friends. In general, winning the Lotto Max results in a lot of unwanted attention.

The Motives of Your Family and Friends

When a large amount of money is dropped in your lap, it can feel like there’s a giant target on your back. Winning the lottery can make it feel like everyone who is nice to you has an ulterior motive.

It is hard to spend money on anything that you want for yourself when family or friends are having financial problems, but if you give them money to help, then they might expect more in the future. It is easy to become paranoid because there are people out there who will try to manipulate you into giving them money, and it can be very hard to figure out who is being sincere.

Falling for an Elaborate Trap

Some people might criticize lottery winners for being paranoid. However, Keith Gough is a great example of what can happen without this paranoia. Keith won about £9 million in a lottery in the United Kingdom, but he trusted people too much.

After his marriage was ruined because of all of the younger women he was meeting up with, Keith fell right into a trap set by con men who were using young, beautiful woman as bait. Once Keith ran through all of his money, he become a terrible alcoholic. He eventually died from alcohol abuse in 2010. It is possible he would still be alive today if he would have never won the lottery.

Criticism in the Media

In a perfect world, a person would be able to do whatever he or she wanted with his or her own money. However, Bob Erb learned the hard way that the media is not very kind. After winning about $25 million in the Lotto Max, Erb took up a number of causes that are important to him. Since marijuana legalization is important to Bob, he decided that he would spend over a million dollars in a big campaign to try to get it legalized. The media has eaten him alive because he wanted to support legislation to make marijuana okay in Canada.

Falling to Temptation

They say that when you get a lot of money, it can bring out your wild side. Robert Moffat won about £800,000 in the lottery and he ended up completely broke. Moffat blew through his money on cars, houses and other expensive purchases that he did not need.

After everything was said and done, the temptation was just too much for him. Moffat lost his wife and his pub that he ran before winning the money, and he found himself on the wrong side of the law when he was busted for driving under the influence of alcohol. At this point, he had no money left to spend and his life was changed forever.

Former teacher Craig Henshaw learnt the hard way how to say “No”. The best approach is to keep your winnings a secret.