Toronto, ON – Congratulations to Ontario’s newest multi-millionaires, Chelsea Prince and Mercy Roldan of Burlington. The pair matched seven out of seven numbers on their LOTTO MAX ticket to win the $15,231,359.10 jackpot from the Tuesday, April 13, 2021 draw.
Chelsea and Mercy, both finance industry workers, said they met through work and have been friends ever since. "We've been playing the lottery together for about eight years," they shared.
Chelsea checked their ticket using the OLG Lottery App. "It said Big Winner and I started shaking," she said. "I just stared at it for about two minutes trying to come to terms with it. I showed Mercy my phone screen to show her that we won, and her mouth dropped open and she started to cry!"
The duo said they immediately shared the big news with their families. "None of them believed us," Mercy laughed. "I felt overwhelmed," she said.
Chelsea plans to purchase a new home with her share of the winnings. "I am looking for something with a nice yard for my dogs, a garage and a big workshop!" she said.
Mercy plans to pay for her children's education. "They can follow their dreams and not have to worry about the limitations of their budget," she smiled. "I am so blessed to be able to give them a better start to their life."
Chelsea and Mercy said they would also like to take a trip when it's safe to celebrate their win together.
"You always dream about winning the lottery and its surreal when it actually happens," Chelsea concluded.
LOTTO MAX players in Ontario have won over $6 billion since 2009, including 81 jackpot wins and 624 MAXMILLIONS prizes, right across the province. LOTTO MAX is $5 per play and draws take place on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The winning ticket was purchased at Super Convenience on Plains Road in Burlington.
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