The Lotto 6/49 Gold Ball jackpot was won on Wednesday night, with one participant netting a record $68 million.
It's the largest jackpot in Lotto 6/49 history, and comes after 15 weeks and 30 draws part of the Gold Ball format. The winning ticket was sold in Toronto, according to a statement by OLG to Yahoo Canada.
The winning Gold Ball numbers are: 50755138-03
The Gold Ball draw is a new format introduced in September 2022, and guarantees a winner every time. It starts at $10 million, and includes 30 balls in the draw: 29 white and 1 gold. Each white ball is worth $1 million, whereas the gold ball represents the lucky jackpot prize. This Gold Ball jackpot continues to grow by $2 million each time a white ball is drawn, until it reaches $68 million with no more white balls remaining — which then guarantees a winner, like on Wednesday night.
The previous record of $64 million was matched in April 2023, after a ticket was purchased in New Brunswick. It was the first time since 2015 that the national Lotto 6/49 prize reached $64 million.
In addition to the Gold Ball Draw, Lotto 6/49 also continues to offer the $5 million Classic Jackpot. Players have a chance to win two multi-million dollar jackpots every Wednesday and Saturday, for the same $3 play.
With this past Wednesday's draw, the winning Lotto 6/49 classic draw numbers were: 09, 17, 25, 30, 38, 48 Bonus 35.
Four people also won $100,000 through Encore, with the winning numbers being: 8640199.
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