Sarah Kiriliuk knows exactly what she’d do first if she won this Saturday’s $55-million Lotto 6/49 jackpot – she’d donate enough dough to have a hospital wing or ROM exhibit named in her honour.
But as media relations manager at the OLG, she’s not eligible to win the record-setting jackpot.
"That’s OK," she said Thursday. "I get to meet all of the big winners and it’s amazing to see. Some are nervous, some are still in disbelief but all are excited and thrilled at the opportunities they’ll have, the doors that will become open to them."
Canada’s current 6/49 record payout is $54.3 million from October 2005 which was won with a single ticket claimed by a group of oil workers in Alberta.
"I would love to see the winner be a resident of Ontario," Kiriliuk said.
Last Friday, a Toronto woman won $40 million in the Lotto Max draw. When she picked up her cheque on Monday, Maria Carreiro, 51, announced her plans to take the family to Mandarin buffet to celebrate.
In Ontario, a $50-million jackpot has been claimed by single-ticket winners 13 times. That’s the highest payout for the province.
That can all change Saturday, Kiriliuk pointed out.
"It’s quite possible one person will walk away with the full $55 million," she said. "As for what they should to with it? I always like to see some of the money be used for philanthropic purposes.b"
The odds of winning Saturday’s jackpot, according to OLG, are approximately one in 13,983,816. If no one wins, the jackpot will grow to a new record.