Lawrence De Young of Elliot Lake won “Ontario’s jackpot” – $199,109 in the December 26, 2020 LOTTARIO draw.
Lawrence says this is not his first win. “I once played with a group of 101 people from work – we each took home $776.”
The 78-year-old checked his ticket while at the store when he realized he won big. “I had to check it four more times,” the retired factory worker said. “I made it through the call with OLG then went out to the car to cry my eyes out!”
Lawrence says his wife of 53 years saw him crying but didn’t believe when he told her about the big win. “Eventually she figured out I was telling the truth!”
Lawrence plans on doing some work around the house, paying some bills and sharing with his family. “I’ve never been so shocked in my life,” he concluded.
In accordance with government-issued lockdown measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, OLG is currently limiting the number of in-person prize claim appointments at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to only those that require a face-to-face interview. Customers with prizes over $50,000 are asked to call 1-800-387-0098 to discuss available prize claim options. Prize claims up to $49,999.90 should continue to be submitted by mail. The health and safety of our customers and employees remains our top priority and OLG looks forward to providing future updates on the availability of in-person prize claims.