“I had palpitations”: Thornhill’s grandmother wins $ 245,000 jackpot in lottery

When he’s sure to do so, Anna will throw a big party to celebrate all the things her family had to virtually celebrate.

TORONTO – Thornhill’s Anna Moretta was hit with the Lightning Lotto jackpot on January 17, 2021. The top prize, which started at $ 125,000, grew to $ 245,755.30 before being won.

Anna, a 61-year-old grandmother and property manager, said she occasionally plays the lottery. “I heard about the Lightning Lotto and liked the idea of ​​winning instantly,” she explained. “I was out shopping and on the way home I stopped by the store to play a game of Lightning Lotto. I almost paid for my stuff and left, but decided to take one more trick.

Anna said her first reaction was that the machine had to be broken. “Then the clerk shouted, ‘You did it! You won!’ I was incredulous. When I heard the full amount, I thought it was impossible. How could such a thing happen to me? “

While still in the store, Anna called one of her daughters. “I told her I was having palpitations and she thought I was not feeling well. Then I told him that I had just bought a $ 2 lottery ticket and won $ 245,000! “

Anna looks forward to the day when she can reunite with her loved ones again. “When I can do it safely, I’m going to throw a big party to celebrate all the things we had to celebrate virtually! I’m going to call it an “All-iday” party because it will be for every occasion, every step and every event that we missed. “

“Who would have thought that being struck by lightning would be so amazing,” she smiled.

In line with government-issued lockdown measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, OLG is currently limiting the number of appointments to claim a prize in person at the OLG Prize Center in Toronto only to those who require an interview in person. .

Customers with prices over $ 50,000 are asked to call 1-800-387-0098 to discuss available price claim options. Prize claims up to $ 49,999.90 must 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.

Lightning Lotto players can win a jackpot right away! Match the five numbers from any row on your Lightning Lotto ticket with those drawn earlier in the day to win the jackpot. The top prize starts at $ 125,000 and increases with ticket sales.

Each $ 2 Quick Pick consists of three lines of five numbers from 1 to 49. Lightning Lotto is available exclusively at lottery retailers. The odds of winning a prize are 1 in 4.47. For more information on How to Play as well as full details on the prizes and odds of winning, visit OLG.ca.

The winning ticket was purchased at Steeles West Convenience on Steeles Avenue in North York.


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