Toronto, ON – Tenant, bake and east were only some of the words that Esmeraldina Brandao of Hamilton revealed on her INSTANT CROSSWORD DELUXE (Game #2232) ticket to win a $250,000 top prize.
Esmeraldina, a mother and grandmother, said this ticket was the last one in the display. “As I was playing, I kept uncovering more words. I thought I won $25,000 at first,” she shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up her winnings.
Esmeraldina said she couldn’t sleep the night she discovered her big win. “I was so nervous. I feel very lucky! My daughters and granddaughters are the most important thing to me, so we are going to travel to Portugal together,” she smiled.
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 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 Fortino’s on Centennial Parkway in Hamilton.
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