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8 people in B.C. got rich from Lotto Max — just not mega-rich

The big prize went unclaimed
The next draw on June 18 will remain at an estimated $70 million.

Eight people in B.C. got rich Tuesday night.

It just wasn’t mega-rich.

The $70-million Lotto Max jackpot went unclaimed once again, with no winner in Tuesday night's draw. It was a crushing result after all of the hype about $70 million being up for grabs.

However, 42 of the 64 Maxmillion prizes of $1 million were won — including a whopping eight in B.C.

That means eight people won enough money for a down payment on a single-detached house in Vancouver because Vancouver homes are so bloody expensive.

Imagine winning a million dollars and it’s only a fraction of the cost of a house in Vancouver. The winners get more bang for their buck in Burnaby. Still, a million dollars is a life-altering result in a time when we could all use some life-altering (good) news.

The majority of the million-dollar tickets were sold in Ontario, with 20 winning tickets. There are eight winners in both Quebec. Five winning tickets were sold in the Prairies, and one in the Atlantic provinces.

The jackpot for the next draw on June 18 will remain at an estimated $70 million, with 70 Maxmillion prizes of $1 million each up for grabs.

How long are we going to have to wait until someone wins a mega-prize as these millions pile up? When the jackpot is this big, does it make you more likely to buy a ticket or less?

For me, I fall for the hype and get my tickets. Does this make me a sucker? Perhaps.

With files from the Canadian Press