A 62-year-old father and grandfather, Bernie was on his way to go fishing when he stopped to buy worms, snacks and his ticket. He didn’t play the ticket until later that evening and realized he won after uncovering the last number. “I said to my family, ‘I won $300,000!’ My wife and daughter came to look for themselves,” he shared, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque.
“My daughter used the OLG Lottery App to check, and the ‘Big Winner’ message appeared. We all started cheering, celebrating and jumping around the house!”
The bowling alley employee plans to pay his mortgage and some bills. “I’m also going to share some with my wife so she can enjoy some shopping,” he smiled.
“It’s wonderful. It feels like freedom,” he concluded.
OLG is now accepting in-person prize claims by-appointment only for customers with prizes of $1,000 or more who wish to claim at the OLG Prize Centre. To best protect customers and staff, OLG has put in place appropriate health and safety protocols in accordance with guidelines from public health officials, which include physical distancing measures, the mandatory use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the pre-screening of visitors before granting entry. Players should contact the OLG Support Centre at 1-800-387-0098 to discuss available prize claim options or to schedule an appointment.
INSTANT TRIPLE MILLIONS is available for $30 and the top prize is $3,000,000. Odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.57. Visit the INSTANT page on OLG.ca for more information on this and other great games.
The winning ticket was purchased at Goulais River Country Store on Highway 17 in Goulais River.