Last weekend, a lottery ticket purchased in Montreal was deemed the winner of an impressive $70-million Lotto Max jackpot. The problem? The jackpot has not been claimed yet — which means Loto-Québec is still looking for the person who bought it.
If you bought a lottery ticket and it's lying around on the kitchen table without having been verified, you should probably look into it!
The winning combination of this draw, held on October 9, is 04-06-12-30-32-33-34, with a bonus number of 29.
Perseverance has paid off big time for Olivia Delos Reyes. The Montreal woman just won Lotto 6/49's $10,990,458 jackpot after playing the same combination of numbers for 16 years — though she's not keeping the whole fortune for herself.
In a video posted to the Loto-Québec YouTube page, Reyes says she is going to split the prize money with members of her "lottery group."
She also says she will buy a house, buy a car, save for retirement and send money to her nine siblings.
"I still cannot believe what is happening right now, but I'm very thankful," Reyes says in the video.
According to a Loto-Québec news release, Reyes was spending time with friends on the night of the draw. She had to do a double-take when she found out she'd won, thinking she was reading the numbers on her own ticket rather than the winning numbers.
The numbers Reyes selected consisted of dates that are important to her, the press release says.
Reyes bought her ticket on lotoquebec.com. The draw took place on August 28.
"We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Quebec publicly reject, as of now, the idea of a mandatory vaccination passport and that it commit itself to do like the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has done, that is to say, prohibit the obligation to present a vaccination passport in order to attend certain events and practice certain activities," the petition states.
Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.