BALMERTOWN RESIDENT WINS $2 MILLION WITH ONTARIO 49

TORONTO, ON Ronald Brownlee of Balmertown is celebrating after winning an ONTARIO 49 top prize worth $2 million in the January 1, 2022 draw. Ronald also won $10 on another one of his ONTARIO 49 selections, bringing his total winnings to $2,000,010!

"I've been a regular lottery player for over 40 years," shared Ronald while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his winnings. "I won a LOTTO 6/49 Free Play, so I used the money I was going to spend on that ticket to purchase this ONTARIO 49 ticket!”

Ronald, an outdoorsman, was checking his ticket at the store when he discovered his big win. "I said, 'Holy cow!' and the customer next to me asked me if I won. All the customers in the store were so happy for me. We cried tears of joy together," he smiled.

He then drove to his parents to share the good news. "They didn't believe me at first!"

Ronald, who works in the tourism industry, says it's been a tough time for his business during the pandemic. "This win is an unbelievable blessing," he said. "I plan to invest most of it. I want to put some into my business to make sure it's viable for the future. I will also treat myself to a new fishing boat!"

OLG is booking in-person prize claim appointments at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto. As there are limited appointments, we strongly encourage those with claims between $1,000 and $49,999.90 to submit their claims online or mail them. Submitting claims online is fast, secure and enables OLG to process the claim in a timely manner. Customers with prizes over $50,000 are asked to call 1-800-387-0098 to discuss available prize claim options.

ONTARIO 49 is $1 per play and the draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday. Combination Play is available in five-, seven-, eight- and nine-number selections. Tickets are sold until 10:30 p.m. Visit the ONTARIO 49 page on OLG.ca for more information.

The winning ticket was purchased at Madi's Milk on Margaret Avenue in Wallaceburg.

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