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June 14, 2022

Extra lottery ticket lands Cape Breton man $1M Lotto Max prize

SYDNEY (N.S.) – Greg Abbass of New Waterford, N.S. is a regular lottery player with a routine, purchasing one ticket on alc.ca for every Lotto Max draw. When Abbass saw the May 31 draw was for a whopping $70-million jackpot and 33 Maxmillions, he decided he would buy one extra ticket.

That extra ticket paid off to the tune of $1 million, as it was a Maxmillions prize winner.

“When I first spotted it, it was unreal. I didn’t sleep for two days and I was right off the wall,” Abbass said. “Now, I’m back down to earth and I’m so happy.”

Maxmillions are additional $1-million prizes that are drawn when the Lotto Max jackpot reaches $50 million.

“For a couple of bucks, I can buy a ticket and have a chance just like everybody else and my chances are just as good as theirs,” Abbass said. “It gives a person a little something to hope for.”

Abbass, who is retired and lives on a pension, says his big win is life changing.

“I can afford things I could never afford before,” Abbass said. “It’s so nice to have this kind of money in your pocket.”

Plans for his winnings include helping his family members, treating his friends and upgrading his vehicle.

In true Atlantic Canadian fashion, Abbass is looking forward to celebrating his big win over a feast of lobster with his friends and family.

Another Maxmillions prize worth $1 million was purchased in Cape Breton County for the June 3 draw. The winner has not yet been confirmed.

Abbass purchased his winning Lotto Max ticket on alc.ca.


Media contact:

Lindsay Meekins

Atlantic Lottery Public Relations Strategist

506-867-5800 ext. 5840



Backgrounder: About Lotto Max

Lotto Max draws take place every Tuesday and Friday. Jackpots start at $10 million and grow up to $70 million or until won. In addition to the main jackpot, there is a chance to win with Maxmillions. Maxmillions are additional $1-million prizes that are drawn when the Lotto Max jackpot reaches $50 million.