Toronto, ONPeter Falat of Garson was struck by the LIGHTNING LOTTO jackpot on April 20, 2021. The top prize, which started at $125,000, had grown to $466,432.20 before it was won!

Peter, a 63-year-old retiree, said he likes to play different games when he sees them advertised. “When I realized I won I said, ‘Right on!’ and told everyone in the store,” he laughed.

The father of three said he shared the news with his mother and others in his family. “They were all very happy for me – screaming in excitement!”

“The most exciting part of winning isn’t the money – it’s the reaction of the people you care about and the joy you get to share,” he smiled.

He plans to use his winnings to complete some home renovations and repair his 1962 Pontiac.

In accordance with government-issued lockdown measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, OLG is currently limiting the number of in-person prize claim appointments at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to only those 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 availability of in-person prize claims.

LIGHTNING LOTTO players can win a jackpot on the spot! Match all five numbers in any one line on your LIGHTNING LOTTO ticket with those drawn earlier that day to win the jackpot. The top prize starts at $125,000 and grows with ticket sales. Each $2 Quick Pick consists of three lines of five numbers from 1 to 49. LIGHTNING LOTTO is available exclusively at lottery retailers. Odds of winning any prize are 1 in 4.47. For more information on How to Play as well as full prize details and odds of winning, visit

The winning ticket was purchased at Jem Mart on Falconbridge Highway in Garson.

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