Toronto, ON – Larry and Donna Porter of Iroquois Falls have that “6/49 feeling” after winning the Guaranteed $1 Million Prize in the March 17, 2021 LOTTO 6/49 draw.
Donna and Larry, both retired, said they’re regular lottery players, with LOTTO 6/49 and LOTTO MAX being their favourite games.
“I went to the store to pick up a newspaper and used the Ticket Checker,” shared Larry while the pair was at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto. “When the screen said Big Winner, I immediately thought it was broken and scanned it another four times and started counting the zeroes! I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me.”
Larry went home to share the big news with Donna after telling her a joke about a married couple that win the lottery. “He showed me the slip and I was stunned! Like Larry, I was counting the zeroes,” she laughed. “I always said I’d be happy with a million dollars and here we are!”
The couple plan to share their winning with family and complete some home renovations. “This is a great opportunity to ensure our grandchildren can pursue the education they want,” they concluded.
In accordance with government-issued lockdown measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, OLG is currently limiting the number of in-person prize claim appointments at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to only those 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 availability of in-person prize claims.
LOTTO 6/49 players in Ontario have won over $13 billion in prizes since 1982, including 1,402 jackpot wins and 369 Guaranteed $1 Million Prize draws. LOTTO 6/49 is $3 per play and draws take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The winning ticket was purchased at The New Myna Convenience and Apartments on Devonshire Avenue in Iroquois Falls.
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