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August 20, 2016

Bill Laharty of Nanaimo, B.C., is $21 million richer after winning the jackpot in the August 13, 2016 Lotto 6/49 draw. Laharty purchased his ticket on, setting a new lottery record for the largest-ever online lottery prize won in Canada.

Laharty is already living life in style as a new multi-millionaire and has been enjoying the fruits of his win. Not only did he treat himself to a new luxury car, he also bought one for his best friend of 25 years.

Describing the win as awesome, Laharty said, “Ever since I discovered I won, it’s like I’ve been in a dream. I saw this big number and had to count all the zeros. I couldn’t believe it and no one else does either!”

In addition to helping out his family and friends, Laharty plans to buy himself a new condo, a bigger boat and travel to exotic places like Bora Bora.

Coincidentally, Nanaimo is home to the two largest online lottery winners in Canada – previously, the largest online lottery win in Canada was a $7.6 million Lotto 6/49 prize in 2010 also won by a Nanaimo resident.  

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