Opinion: Somebody won buy-a-grotesque-Tesla-Cybertruck money in 649

Chris Campbell

No winning ticket was sold for the $11 million jackpot in Saturday night's Lotto 649 draw.

However, the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a lottery player in British Columbia.

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As someone who reads every news release about lottery winners, many of the winners talk about getting a new vehicle.

And I have a suggestion.

Elon Musk founder unveiled the all-electric battery-powered Tesla Cybertruck in California – a vehicle that has become incredible fodder on Twitter for its design and the hijinks that occurred at its launch.

The big reveal of Tesla's electric pick-up went embarrassingly wrong when the supposedly impact-proof windows smashed, leaving a flustered Musk to flounder through the rest of his presentation in front of a badly damaged vehicle. Musk dared his staff to hit the vehicle with sledgehammers and showing a video of it withstanding bullets shot from a 9mm gun.

The industrial-looking Cybertruck is covered in the same steel alloy Musk plans to use for his SpaceX rocket and will be able to go from 0 to 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour in about three seconds, the Tesla chief executive claimed.

He said the entry-level model will have a starting price of $39,900 and a 400-kilometer (250-mile) range, while a deluxe option will be able to travel twice the distance and will sell for $69,900.

The demonstration of the vehicle's indestructible windows didn't appear to go entirely to plan after one assistant threw a steel ballbearing at the truck, only to see the armoured glass smash

The reaction to the vehicle was like when Arnold Schwarzenegger bought his first Hummer – only on steroids thanks to social media.

The thing looks like it could be crazy dangerous, but it also looks strangely cool in a futuristic way. It's also grotesque as far as how it fits in with the rest of our society's vehicles.

If you’ve just won a million dollars, you have some extra cash sitting around to splurge on something few others will own.

And isn’t that part of the point of winning the lottery – buying things others can’t afford?

There’s only one problem. No date has been given for its release but analysts said it would not be ready before the end of 2021 at the earliest.

The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Nov. 27 will be approximately $14 million.

  • With files from the Canadian Press and AFP

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