Toronto, ON – Proof, sierra and clerk were only some of the words that Merle Lance of Pembroke revealed on his INSTANT CROSSWORD TRIPLER (Game #2136) ticket to win a $100,000 top prize.
Merle, a 79-year-old great-grandfather, says he is a regular lottery player with his favourite games being INSTANT CROSSWORD and ONTARIO 49. “I’ve been playing CROSSWORD for 10 years now. They suit my mind,” he shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque.
After revealing four red words, Merle admitted he thought it was a winner, but for $20. Merle actually revealed six red words to win the top prize. “When I saw $100,000 I thought, ‘Holy cow!’ I had to scan it a couple times before I believed what I was seeing.”
The retired logger said he’s looking forward to a possible upgrade to his truck, shopping without being mindful of a budget and buying a few more INSTANT CROSSWORD tickets.
“This feels great. I keep asking myself why this happened to me,” he smiled.
OLG is now accepting in-person prize claims by-appointment only for customers with prizes of $1,000 or more who wish to claim at the OLG Prize Centre. To best protect customers and staff, OLG has put in place appropriate health and safety protocols in accordance with guidelines from public health officials, which include physical distancing measures, the mandatory use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the pre-screening of visitors before granting entry. Players should contact the OLG Support Centre at 1-800-387-0098 to discuss available prize claim options or to schedule an appointment.
INSTANT CROSSWORD TRIPLER is available for $5 a play and the top prize is $100,000. Odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.61.
The winning ticket was purchased at Esso on Pembrook Street in Pembroke.
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