Congratulations Bill Laharty!

$21,054,565.60

Nanaimo man sets new Canadian online Lottery record after winning $21 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot on PlayNow.com


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 PlayNow.com, 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.

Launched in 2004, PlayNow.com is the only legal online gaming website in B.C. offering a full suite of sports betting, lottery and casino games. In fiscal 2015/16, $46.3 million was awarded to PlayNow.com winners in B.C.