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Don't let Friday's hapless date steer you away from looking for luck. The Mega Millions jackpot in the United States is currently estimated at US$1.35 billion. Mhm, billion with a b, baby — which is roughly CA$1.8 billion and who can't use close to two billion dollars, right?

The next drawing is set to take place on Friday, January 13, 2023, at 11 p.m. EST — giving you all a few more hours to get in on the action. But hold up, can Canadians even play the lottery in the U.S.? We sure can.

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It's time to check your coat pockets for crumpled lottery tickets because Loto-Québec is looking for four ticket holders with unclaimed prizes that total in the millions.

A two-million-dollar jackpot is up for grabs from Québec 49, along with three one-million-dollar payouts from Lotto Max and Extra. At least one lucky winner purchased their ticket in Montreal, meaning you or someone you know could be a multi-millionaire!

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On July 16, Quebec announced it would be creating a lottery for partially and fully-vaccinated Quebecers, giving them the chance to win major cash prizes totalling $2 million.

The "Winning to be Vaccinated!" contest, organized in partnership with Loto-Québec, will be split into two separate contests — one for Quebecers aged 18 and over, and one for Quebec youth between the ages of 12 and 17.

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A first-time lottery player is now a multi-millionaire. Montreal resident Shu Ping Li has claimed a $70,000,000 Lotto Max jackpot in the October 9 draw, according to a statement posted to the Loto-Québec website.

The corporation explains that Li purchased her first ticket ever "after seeing that" another "major lottery prize had been won in Québec."

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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.

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Why people play the lottery is a mystery that has always eluded me. The notion of forking out cash every week to plug in random numbers for some contest you have one in a billion (#hyperbole) chance of winning just seems ridiculous.

It doesn't really matter what I think, though, because people have always played the lottery, and probably always will. The dream of winning millions simply through sheer luck is just too hard to shake off.

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A Ron Swanson-approved lottery has officially launched, and like you already guessed, these lotto tickets are bacon-tastic.

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People who buy lottery tickets are pretty serious about the whole loto-process. Buying a Loto-Québec is basically a modern day ritual many can't help but perform. Even those of us who buy a loto ticket once in a while are always sure to check out numbers. Not this Montrealer, however, which sucks for them, because they actually won millions.

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Every week you buy a Lotto Max ticket, with the dream of winning the grand prize in your mind. Friday's jackpot is a huge 50 million, with 50 smaller prizes of 1 million, so no one can blame you for buying in and getting your name in the draw. But with the odds of winning the 50 million at 28,633,528 to 1, you probably shouldn't get your hopes too high.

Winning the Lotto Max jackpot seems unlikely (because it is) but there are a lot stranger things that can happen to you in Montreal.  To put things in perspective, here are 10 things more likely to happen to you in Montreal than winning the lottery:

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