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January 22, 2022

6/49 jackpot to hit $43 million

By Dawn Cuthbertson, Sympatico / MSN Finance

A sigh of relief could be heard from my apartment this morning as I heard the radio announcer say that no one won last night's Lotto 6/49 jackpot.

Despite my intention to buy a ticket for the $33 million prize yesterday, I forgot. Plain and simple.

As I sighed, I’m sure my fellow Canadians who did buy a ticket collectively groaned.

But as the adage goes, every cloud has a silver lining. With Saturday's draw worth an estimated $43 million, lotto fever will surely grip the country. Let the games begin!

I'm not sure what it's like in other parts of the country, but Torontonians covet a swelling jackpot like a person on a diet lusts after junk food. I've stood in a line 20 people deep for a chance to win "the dream."
I've never come close. Neither has anyone I know.

It's not so much the chance of winning that attracts me (I know the odds), but the opportunity to fantasize about what I'd do with it. For me, that's worth the $2 or $3 charge.

And it seems that many Canadians agree.

A recent message board on this site asked readers to reveal how a windfall would change their life and the response was overwhelming. With all the bad economic news out there, Canadians appear to be looking for a chance to day-dream. In this, I know I’m not alone.



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