THE country recorded two new multi-millionaires in the first week of this year from the proceeds of State-operated gambling, the Express has learned.
One of the lucky gamers is the winner of the country's largest-ever Lotto Plus Jackpot.
Last year the Lotto Plus jackpot steadily climbed to $16.79 million following weeks of gamers being unable to predict or choose the winning numbers.
This surpassed the country's previous largest-ever total of $16.1 million which was recorded in 2008.
On October 24, last year one player won the record-breaking jackpot.
The ticket with the winning numbers 2,3,17,27,34 and the powerball 9 was sold at the NP (National Petroleum) Duncan Village Service Station, located on SS Erin Road in San Fernando hours before the Lotto Plus draw.
The holder of that winning ticket claimed their prize during the first week of this year, a source at the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) stated yesterday.
Also collecting their winnings that week was the ticket holder of last month's $9.2 million Lotto Plus jackpot. Some two months after the Lotto Plus jackpot reached its highest ever total, gamers were faced with the opportunity of winning another sizable fortune.
On December 19, last year the Lotto Plus jackpot reached $9.2 million. The winning numbers were 13, 14, 23, 29, 34 and the powerball 7 was purchased at the Nu Kar Auto Shop, the Falls at Westmall, Westmoorings the same day of the Lotto Plus draw.
"The two winners started off the new year by claiming their prizes and are at this time probably on a world cruise," the source said yesterday.
Tomorrow's Lotto Plus jackpot now stands at an estimated $5 million. No one chose the numbers drawn on Saturday night: 13, 16, 20, 28, 33 and the powerball number 1.
The $5 million jackpot will be drawn at 8.30 p.m. live on CNMG tomorrow.