VANCOUVER – It was a lucky week in British Columbia.

2 winning Lottery Max tickets were offered in the province today, one in the remote Stikine area on the North Coast on Tuesday, and another on Vancouver on Friday.

It’s the very first time winning tickets have been offered in B.C. for consecutive attracts the very same week, according to the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. Lottery Max draws began happening two times a week in May. Prior to that, they happened only once a week, on Fridays.

Tuesday’s winner matched all seven numbers in the Lottery Max draw to win $20 million, and Friday’s winner did the very same to declare a $10 million reward.

Since Saturday, neither individual had actually stepped forward to claim their payouts. Winners have 52 weeks from the draw date printed on their ticket to claim their prize.

The odds of winning the main Lottery Max jackpot are one in 33,294,800 per $5 play, while the odds of winning any prize are one in 7.

Those odds don’t always capture the probability of 2 prize winners in B.C. in one week, nevertheless.

Considering that the game shifted to twice-a-week draws, there have been 49 draws, and 10 have produced at least one winning ticket (one produced two winners, an extremely unlikely occasion).

Approximately speaking, 10 winners in 49 draws indicates about a 20 per cent opportunity that any offered Lottery Max draw will have a winner. This rough computation suggests that the odds of 2 successive draws in which a winner occurs are somewhat greater than 4 per cent, or about one in 25.

But this calculation only represents the possibility of a winner, not that the winner will be from B.C.

. According to BCLC spokesperson Matt Lee, the historical win rate for British Columbians in Lottery Max has approximately corresponded to their proportion of Canada’s overall population.

In the 2016 census, B.C.’s population was 4.6 million, or roughly 13 per cent of all Canadians. If we assume this indicates that 13 per cent of all Lottery Max winners are from B.C., then the rough chances that any offered draw will produce a winner from the province are a little more than 2.5 percent.

By this computation, the odds of 2 successive winners from B.C. would be 0.07 per cent, or approximately 1 in 1,428.

It was a fortunate week in British Columbia.

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