FORT FRANCES RESIDENT CELEBRATES $100,000 ENCORE WIN

TORONTO, ON – Saying “yes” to ENCORE paid off for Wade Bagacki of Fort Frances. Wade matched the last six of seven ENCORE numbers in exact order in the September 11, 2020 LOTTO MAX draw to win $100,000!

"I'm a regular lottery player. I purchase tickets every time there is a draw and play the odd INSTANT ticket," shared Wade.

The 53-year-old entrepreneur checked his ticket while at the store. "When I saw the words 'Big Winner', I took a step back and the store clerk had to make sure the machine was right – I was tongue tied!” he shared. “This doesn't happen all the time.”

Wade told the woman he is dating and his family right away. "My brother didn't believe me and thought I was joking," he laughed. "I told my dad in person a few days later and it was nice to see his surprised reaction!"

Wade plans to save for retirement, pay some bills and buy some tools and a trailer for his home renovation business.

"This is a big relief, especially with the pandemic. It's a very nice feeling!" he concluded.

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.

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.

The winning ticket was purchased at Ski’s Variety on Second Street in Fort Frances.

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