FUN THINGS HAPPEN WHEN WORDS CONNECT! WELLAND MOTHER WINS $250,000 WITH INSTANT CROSSWORD DELUXE

Toronto, ON – Whale, flew, and bobble were only some of the words that Juvy Duffy of Welland revealed on her INSTANT CROSSWORD DELUXE (Game #2179) ticket to win a $250,000 top prize.

"I play the lottery occasionally," shared Juvy, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up her cheque. "I love playing INSTANT CROSSWORD because I love the thrill of revealing letters that I need to win."

The 43-year-old personal support worker decided to unwind after a night shift by playing her INSTANT CROSSWORD. She checked her ticket using the OLG Lottery App. "At first, I thought I won $25,000. I used the OLG Lottery App to confirm, and when I saw I won $250,000, I started shaking. I couldn't believe it!"

Juvy called her husband right away to tell him the news. "He said, ‘Are you joking me?’" she laughed.

Juvy plans to pay some bills and save some for her daughter's education. "I'd also like to buy myself a new car – something small and reliable.”

"It's an overwhelming feeling, I’ve had a hard time sleeping,” she concluded.

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 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 Circle K on Thorold Road in Welland.

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