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03-06-2024

LASALLE RESIDENT WINS $350,000 WITH INSTANT CROSSWORD EXTREME

Toronto, ONBrian Hopson of Lasalle is celebrating after winning a $350,000 top prize with INSTANT CROSSWORD EXTREME (Game #2394).

Brian, a retired father, grandfather, and great grandfather is celebrating his biggest lottery win yet after playing CROSSWORD for decades. “I had just bought the ticket and went home to play it. I thought I had won $100,000 and my heart stopped. I counted again and realized I had revealed 11 words,” he recounted while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to collect his windfall. “I got in my truck and flew back to the store. I used the ticket checker and saw the prize was $350,000!”

With all the excitement in the store, a crowd gathered to see what was going on. “I had the retailer check it and the ‘Big Winner’ message came up. It was one heck of a rush! It hit me like a ton of bricks!”

Brian was thrilled to share the news with his wife. “She gave me a big hug and asked, ‘What will we do with this money?’ My plan is to help my wife to be able to retire and pay off bills,” he concluded.

INSTANT CROSSWORD EXTREME is available for $30 a play and the top prize is $350,000. Odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.42.

The winning ticket was purchased at Canadian Tire on Dougall Avenue in Windsor.

OLG supports safe play and wants to keep the fun in the game. That’s why OLG is proud to be a leader in promoting responsible gambling with our globally recognized PlaySmart program.

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