TORONTO — Al Cox believes there is “a system” to being a lotto winner - and it has nothing to do with where you reside in Canada.
The 55-year-old London, Ont. resident walked out smiling from the Toronto prize office for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. on Thursday with a cheque for $2,750 - his winnings from playing Lotto 6/49.
“People in Alberta make a lot (of money); they work in the oil fields and make a lot of money, so they probably buy more tickets,” he said. “There is a system to it. I’m convinced it’s going to work (to get the big jackpot). It might take 10 years.”
Cox said he’s been playing his system for about 15 years, using the same numbers every time.
“I don’t want to give my system away because somebody else will use it, but I do have one,” he said. “I play every week - but the numbers are selected specially. It’s the fourth time I’ve missed it by one. Each time, was $2,200 or $2,500.”
George Abisaleh, 37, of Toronto, said he doesn’t believe geography has a role to play in lottery winnings. He often plays Pro-Line, which he said has more strategy involved than other OLG games.
“If it’s 6/49, it’s luck,” he said, clutching a cheque for his $1,200 payout. “If I play that, I play Quick Pick. You have better odds with sports. My parents always play the same numbers every week, like birthdays. Never win.”