BURLINGTON RESIDENT WINS $250,000 WITH INSTANT CROSSWORD DELUXE

Toronto, ON Joyce Martin of Burlington is celebrating after winning a $250,000 top prize with INSTANT CROSSWORD DELUXE (Game #2244).

"I've been playing the lottery for over 30 years and INSTANT CROSSWORD has always been my favourite," Joyce shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up her winnings.

Joyce, a personal support worker, says she played her ticket at home when she started counting all her words and realized she won big. "At first I thought I won $25,000," she said. "I didn't want to wake my husband, so I put my raincoat on over my pajamas and went to the store to validate the ticket!"

Joyce called her children to tell them about the big win. "They wanted me to facetime them when I told my husband. He was worried and thought something was wrong at first. We all had tears in our eyes!"

Joyce says this win will go a long way for her family. "I will share with my children and save for retirement,” she smiled.

"This is a dream come true," Joyce concluded.

OLG is currently booking in-person prize claim appointments at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto only for those claims 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 further availability of in-person prize claims.

INSTANT CROSSWORD DELUXE is available for $10 a play and the top prize is $250,000. Odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.45.

The winning ticket was purchased at Hasty Market on Guelph Line in Burlington.

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