OLG pays out record $120M in 1 day to 2 lottery winners

Two lucky lottery winners in Ontario each became $60 million richer this morning. The winners from Mississauga and Owen Sound received their cheques from the OLG in Toronto.

Owen Sound-area rancher Joan Patterson and Mississauga granddad John Henry take home $60M each

John Henry and Joan Patterson, both from Ontario, won $60 million each playing Lotto Max. They picked up their winnings Wednesday in Toronto. (CBC)

Two lucky winners each picked up $60 million at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission's Toronto office today.

The OLG said it was the most money it has paid out in one day.

The winners are:

  • John Henry, a grandfather from Mississauga, who won the Christmas Day Lotto Max jackpot.
  • Joan Patterson, a rancher from the Owen Sound area, who won the Feb. 5 Lotto Max draw.

Mississauga must be a great place to play the lottery. The winning ticket for the largest outstanding prize (meaning the winner hasn't come forward) that is listed on the OLG website was sold in the Toronto suburb — a $64-million Lotto 6/49 jackpot from the Oct. 17 draw.

Previously, the largest Lotto 6/49 jackpot ever awarded was $63,413,885 for the April 13, 2013, draw. That money was shared between four ticket holders — three in British Columbia and one in Western Canada.

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