By NEWSDAY STAFF Monday, May 13 2013
THIS country’s largest ever lotto jackpot — twenty million dollars — is waiting to be won on Wednesday night, after no player matched the winning lotto numbers in last Saturday’s draw: 7, 9, 10, 14, 27 and the powerball number 4.
Two players matched five numbers without the powerball to each win $35,863.27, in last Saturday’s draw. Therefore the 5 out of 5 Jackpot without the powerball is now an estimated $10,000.
Sixty-four players matched four numbers and the powerball number to each win $826.76, 532 players matched four numbers to each win $192.29 and 1,920 players matched three numbers and the powerball number to each win $16.68. A total of 16,192 players each won one free Quick Pick for matching three numbers in last Saturday’s draw.
This means that before Wednesday evening’s draw, hundreds of thousands of Trinis across the land will line up outside lotto booths and willingly part with millions of dollars, all with one goal in mind — striking it rich.
The previous highest ever lotto payout was $16.79 million which was won by one player on October 24, last year with the numbers 2, 3, 17, 27, 34 and powerball 9. The winning ticket for the $16.79 million jackpot was sold at the NP Duncan Village service station in south Trinidad.
After several months, the winner of what was then the nation’s highest lotto jackpot ($16.79 million) collected the cheque at the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) building, Port-of- Spain earlier this year.
Another player, who won the Lotto jackpot of $9.2 million last December, collected the cheque in January of this year. That ticket was purchased at the Nu Kar Auto Shop at the Falls, Westmall, Westmoorings.
“Twenty million dollars? I making sure and play my lotto tomorrow. If I win, I quitting work one time,” a man told Newsday as he was told about the jackpot while liming along the Brian Lara Promenade, Port-of-Spain. Asked where he was working, the man refused to say. Another said he will wait until just before the lotto booth closes on Wednesday to play his numbers.
The first lotto jackpot in this country to ever reach double digits ($10 million or more) was $10,077,097.72 which was split by two persons who won the jackpot drawn on April 25, 1997.
But even as local players eye the $20 million NLCB lotto jackpot, that figure is chicken feed compared to the lottery payouts in Canada, the US and Europe.
Canadians were also in the grip of lotto fever this past weekend, gambling huge sums of money for a chance to win Canada’s largest Lotto 6/49 jackpot ever, estimated to be worth Can$55 million last Saturday. This surpasses the previous biggest Canada lotto jackpot of Can$54.3 million, which was claimed by a lucky group of Albertans in Camrose back in 2005.
But this pales in comparison to the largest Lottery jackpot payout in American history which was the US$640 million Mega Million Lottery, won on March 30, 2012 and split by three tickets won in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland. Total cash payout after tax deductions was US$474 million.
In Europe, the largest ever single lottery payout was £161.7 million (US$260 million) in the pan-European EuroMillions draw, won on July 12, 2011 in the UK.