Welcome to Calgary, the luckiest city in Alberta — maybe even in Western Canada.
Three people in Calgary have struck it rich, with three out of the four million-dollar winners in the Western Canada Lottery residing in town. Two of the $100,000 winners also live in Calgary.
“It was uncommonly good luck in Calgary,” said Andrea Marantz with the Western Canada Lottery Corporation.
But those that could be sitting pretty might not even know it yet. Marantz said she knows of one phone call about the $1,000,000 prize, but the others may have used them as a book mark or drawer liner and don’t even know they struck it rich.
“It’s very exciting,” she said. “It’s often interesting that occasionally people will have bought a ticket and forgotten about it.”
Someone in Alberta, who also has not yet come forward to claim their dough, won the top prize — receiving one million dollars for 25 years. Marantz said it wasn’t won by someone in Edmonton or Calgary, but it might be surrounding communities or as far up as Fort McMurray.
Another eight winners in Alberta have tickets that will score them $100,000 should they come forward.
Approximately 21 per cent of the Millionaire for Life tickets were sold in the Western Canada region, which includes Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
Tickets expire after one year but prizes can be claimed up to that point.