TORONTO, ON – Saying “yes” to ENCORE paid off for Joseph Thoo of Ottawa. Joseph matched the last six of seven ENCORE numbers in exact order in the August 4, 2020 LOTTO MAX draw to win $100,000!
A 58-year-old IT consultant, Joseph was using the OLG Lottery App on his phone to check some tickets from previous draws. “I checked my tickets and the last one was a winner,” he shared, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque. “I scanned the ticket four or five times – I couldn’t believe it!”
Joseph hasn’t told anyone except the store owner about his win. “I’m a private person. I will help people financially instead of telling them that I won,” he smiled.
The father of two plans to pay some bills, help his daughter who is currently working on a master’s degree and invest the rest. He would also like to travel. “I was born in Malaysia and would love to go back and visit.”
“I’m still shocked – it hasn’t really hit me yet. It feels good though, it’s a pleasant feeling,” 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 St. Charles Food Mart on St. Charles Street in Vanier.
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