HAMILTON RESIDENT WINS $250,000 TOP PRIZE WITH INSTANT MERRY & BRIGHT

TORONTO, ONJustin Szajnowski of Hamilton is $250,000 richer after winning the top prize with INSTANT MERRY & BRIGHT (Game #2274).

Justin, a small business owner, says he loves to play PROLINE and occasional plays INSTANT games. "I saw something different at the store and decided to give it a try," he shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his winnings.

The married 41-year-old was finishing his coffee on the morning of Halloween when he decided to play his ticket. "I noticed the win when I matched the number 35 and revealed the prize amount. I was shocked!"

Justin checked the ticket using the OLG App with his wife. "We were hooting and hollering enough to attract the attention of our daughter who came to see what was going on. It was pretty crazy!"

"I never thought it would be me winning the lottery," Justin smiled. "Each step has felt more real. First thing I want to do is give my wife her dream master bathroom. Then we will make some more decisions."

OLG is currently booking in-person prize claim appointments at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto only for those claims 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 further availability of in-person prize claims.

INSTANT MERRY & BRIGHT is available for $10 and the top prize is $250,000. Odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.07. Visit the INSTANT page on OLG.ca for more information on this and other great games.

The winning ticket was purchased at Rockland Variety on Rymal Road in Hamilton.

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