Two Nepean men are multi-millionaires after winning separate Lotto Max jackpots in May and June.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) says Kenneth Donald, 50, of Nepean is $15 million richer after claiming the winning ticket in the May 12, 2020 Lotto Max draw.
According to OLG, when Donald first checked his ticket, he missed a few zeroes.
“I checked my ticket using the OLG Lottery App and thought I won $15,000 so I carried on with my day,” he said, in a quote provided by OLG. “I scanned it again but I still didn’t register the prize amount. Then I checked the numbers [online] a couple of times to make sure it was correct.”
Upon realizing he was a millionaire, OLG says Donald felt a little sick.
“For about ten minutes it felt like the worst hangover of my life! I was hot, I was cold, I was sweating, and my head hurt. Then the adrenaline set in and I was awake for 51 hours straight,” he said at the OLG prize centre in Toronto.
Being a bit of a prankster, his family didn’t believe him at first, but they’re all excited now.
Donald says he plans to expand his business, help his family, invest, and travel back to Scotland to see relatives more often.
OLG says the winning ticket was sold at a Circle K on Moodie Drive.
If one win in Nepean wasn’t enough, OLG says a $25 million ticket was won by a 74-year-old Nepean man using PlayOLG.ca.
Garry Comber said he couldn’t believe it when OLG emailed him to say he won.
“When I saw the email, I wasn’t sure how to handle it,” he’s quoted by OLG as saying. “I went upstairs to tell my wife we had just won $25 million and she said, ‘are you serious?’”
Comber says he plans to live and long and healthy life, and use the money to help his children and grandchildren.
“We’re not doing anything rash or making any rushed decisions as we adjust to our new reality,” he said.
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Facebook’s Instagram is officially launching its answer to the hit short video app TikTok — Instagram Reels.
The new Instagram feature will let users record and edit 15-second videos with audio, and will let users add visual effects. Users will be able to share Reels with followers in Instagram in a dedicated section called Reels in Explore, or in the Story feature where posts disappear after 24 hours.
The Reels option will be available in the Instagram app. The company has been testing Reels in Brazil since November and in France, Germany and India since earlier this summer.
Facebook has a long tradition of cloning competitive services. The Instagram “Story” feature, which lets people share photos and videos that expire in 24 hours, is similar to Snapchat. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced tough questioning about the company’s habit of copying rivals before a congressional hearing on July 29.
Facebook earlier launched a TikTok knockoff called Lasso in 2018, but closed that down in July. It also tried services similar to Snapchat called Slingshot and Poke before Instagram Stories caught on. But those were separate apps — it might have more success with a feature built into Instagram.
In fact, copying Snapchat’s features was successful for Instagram in part because Snapchat was difficult to figure out for new users. They were already comfortable with Instagram. But TikTok is very easy to use — easier than Instagram — and part of its appeal is that you’re able to sit back and scroll endlessly with just swipes, without the need to follow anyone or post anything.
Even with the success of Stories, Snapchat remains popular with younger people, though the Instagram feature has likely limited its growth. Snapchat has more daily users than Twitter.
For Reels to succeed, Facebook will have to lure video creators away from TikTok. This might be easier to do with Reels since many creators are already on Instagram. In response to published reports that Instagram is paying TikTok influencers to join Reels, Instagram said in a statement that the company “have a long history of reaching out to emerging creators and working to break new stars on Instagram.”
“As with previous products, we remain committed to investing in both our creators and their overall experience, and in certain cases, we may help cover production costs for their creative ideas,” the company said.
TikTok, in turn, launched a $200 million “creator fund” in July that it says will grow to over $1 billion in the U.S. in the next three years and more than double that globally, to pay video creators for their material.
TikTok, however, is under fire, possibly opening an opportunity for Facebook.
Microsoft is in talks to buy part of TikTok in what would be a forced sale, following threats from President Donald Trump to ban the Chinese-owned video app, which claims 100 million U.S. users and hundreds of millions globally.
Experts think Facebook has an opportunity to lure in young users with Reels, but its success is not guaranteed.
“Social media users, especially younger users, tend to use social platforms for different things,” said eMarketer analyst Debra Aho Williamson. This means Snapchat to message friends privately, Facebook to keep up with school groups or check up on parents and grandparents, Instagram to follow their passions and TikTok for entertainment.
“Instagram has put a lot of effort into developing Reels and making it attractive to TikTok users and the creators who work on the app, but I’m not sure it can replace TikTok,” Williamson added. “Even if TikTok were to be banned in the U.S. (which I think is unlikely to happen), users would find a way to keep using it. They are incredibly loyal and protective of TikTok.”
Since early July, some TikTok users have been posting videos urging viewers to follow them to other platforms like Instagram, reflecting the threat of a TikTok ban. Mary Keane-Dawson, Group CEO at the influencer marketing agency Takumi, said the creators she works with have been sad, angry and upset about the threat of a ban. Still, they’re “pragmatic,” she said, and the smart ones were already active on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube.
Reels is debuting in over 50 countries, including the U.S., the U.K., Japan, Australia and others, as well as officially launching in the test countries — Brazil, France, Germany and India.
Instagram has more than a billion users worldwide.
Canada's trade deficit widens to $3.2B on import surge – BNN
Canada’s trade deficit rebounded sharply in June as the movement of motor vehicles and parts revved up with a resumption of production after months of COVID-19 lockdowns.
Statistics Canada reported Wednesday that the country’s merchandise trade deficit widened to $3.2 billion from a deficit of $1.3 billion in May and $858 million a year ago.
The import of goods rose 21.8 per cent in the month to $42.9 billion but were down 15 per cent from June 2019.
Exports were up 17.1 per cent to $39.7 billion but down 20 per cent from $49.6 billion a year earlier. After a 5.6 per cent gain in May, export levels remained well below the pre-pandemic level of $48.4 billion.
Trade activity has resumed as COVID-19 related restrictions have eased.
“Last week’s GDP report may have painted a dour picture of Q2, but we can add today’s trade data to the list of indicators pointing to a good-sized rebound for Q3,” said Brian DePratto, senior economist at TD Economics.
He said it was encouraging to see further improvement in U.S. manufacturing sentiment last month and robust U.S. housing activity of late that augurs well for Canadian exporters.
However, the durability of the recovery remains an open question.
“Ultimately, as wild and challenging as both the Q2 downswing and Q3 upswing are likely to be, the bigger question is what comes after the whipsaw. Unless and until a vaccine or effective treatment is widely available, expect a more gradual recovery path to emerge, leaving lingering challenges for all areas of the economy — international trade included.”
After falling to a low of $1.7 billion in May, the imports of motor vehicles and parts climbed to $5.2 billion in June and represented almost half the growth of total imports in the months.
Imports of passenger cars, light trucks and parts surged to $5.2 billion from $1.66 billion in May, driven by imports from the United States, Germany, Mexico and South Korea. June was the first full month of production as North American auto assembly plants since February, but productions capacity remained below pre-pandemic levels.
Auto exports rose 218 per cent to $6.1 billion.
Imports of aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts nearly doubled to $2.1 billion in June while imports of parts for other transportation equipment reached a record high of $738 million, led by higher imports of parts for other transportation equipment from Belgium. Exports were flat.
Compared with the month before the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic impact was felt, imports were down 14.3 per cent from February while exports decreased 17.9 per cent.
In volume terms, imports rose 28.3 per cent while exports increased 10.6 per cent. Import prices were down 5.1 per cent while export prices were up 5.9 per cent.
Canada’s trade surplus with the United States narrowed to $1.1 billion from $1.9 billion in May as imports from the U.S. increased 28 per cent to $26.4 billion while exports from the United States gained 21.8 per cent to $27.5 billion.
The trade deficit with China was $1.6 billion as imports reached $3.97 billion while exports were $2.37 billion.
Canada’s trade deficit with countries other than the United States widened to $4.3 billion in June from $3.3 billion in May as exports fell 24.7 per cent to $105.7 billion, the lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2010. Exports of energy products plunged 56 per cent, motor vehicles and parts down 56 per cent.
On a quarterly basis, Canada’s trade deficit widened to $9.4 billion in the second quarter from $8.4 billion three months earlier.
Exports decreased 24.7 per cent to $105.7 billion. the lowest amount since the fourth quarter of 2010 as exports of energy products and vehicles and parts decreased 56 per cent. Imports fell 22.7 per cent to $115.1 billion, the lowest level since the third quarter of 2011, with motor vehicles and parts down nearly 67 per cent.
Meanwhile, service exports rose 4.1 per cent to $8.1 billion while imports increased 17 per cent to $8.8 billion.
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