TORONTO, ON – Saying “yes” to ENCORE paid off for Gabriel Jacome of Oshawa. Gabriel matched the last six of seven ENCORE numbers in exact order in the August 12, 2020 LOTTO 6/49 draw to win $100,000!
A 77-year-old married great-grandfather, Gabriel discovered his win while out one day running errands with his wife. He used the Ticket Checker at a retailer and saw the ‘Big Winner’ messaged appear on the screen. “I scanned it a second time and then said to my wife, ‘I think I won something big,’” he shared, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to collect his cheque. When the cashier confirmed his prize, he was thrilled. “I’ve never won money like this!” he recalled.
Gabriel’s said his wife was so excited that she started to cry! “We were both so emotional. I was so nervous waiting in the store for the call from OLG, I was sweating,” he laughed. The couple then went home to tell their kids the big news over the phone.
The retired custodian looks at this win as a blessing. “This is going to help my family so much. My wife and I will be more comfortable in our retirement, and it’s really important for me to help my kids out,” he smiled.
“I’m going to make the most of this money,” 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.
ENCORE offers 22 ways to win and can be played in conjunction with most lottery games for an extra $1. There is an ENCORE draw every day.
The winning ticket was purchased at Canadian Tire Gas on Wilson Road in Oshawa.
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