One player wins $11M
Monday, January 15 2007
AFTER weeks of mad rush to Lotto Plus outlets throughout Trinidad and Tobago to play their numbers in the hopes of winning last week’s $11,010,050.84 Lotto Plus jackpot, someone took a gamble in Port-of-Spain and ended up becoming the country’s latest Lotto Plus millionaire.
In a release yesterday, the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) announced that one lucky person picked the winning numbers which are 3, 4, 5, 7 and 25 with a powerball number of six in Saturday night’s Lotto Plus draw that was aired live on NCC. That person purchased the winning ticket at Joyce Wong Sang on 32 Charlotte Street in Port-of-Spain last Friday at 2.55 pm.
This means that Lotto Plus starts afresh this week with a minimum of $1M up for grabs at Wednesday’s 8.30 pm drawing which will be broadcast live on NCC TV.
Four players matched five numbers without the powerball to win $16,071.72. Therefore the five out of five without the powerball is now an estimated $10,000. Sixty-two players matched four numbers and the powerball number to win $7,900 while 536 players matched four numbers to win $177.05. Another 2,026 players matched three numbers and the powerball number to win $15.10 and 15,399 players won two free quick picks for matching three numbers.
All across the country yesterday, there was a plethora of speculation amongst regular Lotto Plus players about the identity of the mystery player who won one of the biggest Lotto Plus jackpots. But as it turned out it could have been a shopper or someone merely passing through on the busy Charlotte Street. One person who plays Lotto Plus regularly at a popular establishment in Freeport said he bought over 100 tickets in an effort to win the coveted $11M jackpot. One woman from Diego Martin expressed shock and frustration that she did not win Lotto Plus which she plays religiously every day. “I thought I had it locked down,” she lamented. A teacher from San Fernando claimed he used numerous mathematical probabilities to select the right numerical combination to win the Lotto Plus but failed to find the right one. Regular Lotto players said there was no single strategy to playing the game and it all boiled down to chance at the end of the day.
Statistics on the National Lotteries Control Board’s (NLCB) website show that the Lotto jackpot has crossed the $10M mark as many as eight times throughout the history of the game. The first jackpot when Lotto started on July 8, 1994 was $200,000. No one won the jackpot until three weeks later when it climbed to $1,200,000.
The first jackpot to ever reach double digits was won by two persons on April 25, 1997. The lucky winners had to split a jackpot of $10,077,097.72. Another large jackpot of $12,002,315.29 was won in the fourth week of October of the same year by one person.
In July 1998, the Lotto game was restructured when the guaranteed minimum of $1M was introduced. That very year in September the largest ever jackpot was won by one winner on September 19. The jackpot rolled over for nine weeks to reach a total of $15,287,678.31.
The second largest jackpot of $14,948,920.47 was won in the space of a few months by one person on February 13, 1999. The third highest, a jackpot of $14,092,896.56 was won by another lucky Lotto player a little more than a year after the last mega jackpot on June 17, 2000.
The last large jackpot of the Lotto game was split by two people on November 11, 2000 after a roll over of 18 weeks to accumulate a $11,488,806.29 figure.
The Lotto Plus games began in July 2001 and only two jackpots over the $10M figure have been won by Lotto Plus players since. One person on May 15, 2002 won a jackpot of $12,503,416.44 while two players shared $11,656,805.20 when they won on November 17, 2004.