More than 160 Jamaicans have won million of dollars this year, by catching Match 5 while playing Super Lotto.
Although these players missed the Super Lotto jackpot by only one number, Jamaicans were still able to take home handsome cash prize winnings for this subsidiary prize tier in the game.
"The money won has been well received!" remarked Sonia Davidson, Supreme Ventures' vice-president of group corporate communications. "We have heard so many positive stories from a variety of persons from across the island: their dreams of paying down on their own home, providing their children with educational opportunities, improving their business and planning for retirement, were some of the ways people said they would be investing their winnings. It is so rewarding to see people hopeful that their future is brighter than they previously imagined. There were a number of people who were only one number away from winning the Super Lotto jackpot - one number! If people keep on playing, they could win the jackpot next time around."
Since the game's inception in 2009, Caribbean players have won over $3.9 billion. These countries include Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, Anguilla, Antigua, St Maarten, the Dominican Republic and Barbados. During this time, more than 500 Jamaicans missed the Super Lotto Jackpot by just one number but won more than $67 million.
"As tough as times are, I always find the money for a weekly Super Lotto ticket," noted Alicea Jackson, who tries her lucky at winning regularly. "Even if I only catch two or three numbers, I am thankful, because that is money I didn't have before. It's a good thing to keep on playing, because you never know, you could just win that big, big jackpot one day."
Oshaine Laylor offered similar comments: "I am taking classes and working at the same time. Sometimes it's rough making ends meet, so I'm grateful for even the smallest payout - trust me, it does make a difference."
The Super Lotto draw can be viewed every Tuesday and Friday at 8:30 p.m. on TVJ. The live audio feed is also carried on IRIE FM.