Instant millionaires

An Alberta couple who never had a honeymoon just won $45M playing Lotto 6/49. It’s safe to say they’re about to take the trip of a lifetime.



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  • A Lethbridge, Alta. couple recently won a $45.6-million Lotto 6/49 jackpot. It’s the third largest jackpot in the lottery’s history. Winners Duane and Joanne Thompson, now 57 and 53, never had a honeymoon. They plan to go somewhere “special” and take the grand kids to Disney World.
  • Strike Debt, an offshoot of the Occupy movement,  is using donation money to forgive consumer debt among the 99%. Read more about this random act of kindness of at
  • Average consumer prices held steady in October as a rise in the cost of food was offset by a dip in the price of gas, Statistics Canada said Friday. Overall, inflation came in at 1.2% for the month.
  • Finance Minister Jim Flaherty gave a business crowd a preview of his upcoming federal budget and promised no new tax hikes or “risky spending schemes.”

2 comments on “Instant millionaires

  1. Ahh, not MoneySense as well, when will media stop gloryifying the lottery. If people really knew how small their chances of winning was I doubt it would be as popular. But between the frequent commercials and media coverage of every winner it's no surprise that many people misjudge their chance of winning.

    The example I use is to imagine correctly guessing a single second in time over the past 11 months, that is roughly equal to a persons chance of winning the Lotto Max (one in 28,633,528).


    • Most people that win the lottery end up blowing it all anyway; they aren't educated about how to responsibly spend. I would never buy a lottery ticket, although I think spending a few dollars on it every week for entertainment isn't neccessarily that damaging, as long as people are realistic that they very likely won't win.


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