Toronto, ON – Gary Murphy of London anted up and went ‘ALL IN’ to win the POKER LOTTO ALL IN jackpot worth $111,904.40 on March 12, 2020. Gary also won $5,000 on the instant portion of his POKER LOTTO play, bringing his total winnings to $116,904.40.
A 69-year-old married man, Gary discovered his win while he was at a retailer checking some other tickets. While he was there, he decided to spend the change he had in his pocket on a POKER LOTTO ALL IN ticket. “My wife was waiting for me at the restaurant next door and I was preoccupied. I didn’t realize that I had won,” he shared, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to collect his cheque. “The terminal locked up and we waited for the call from OLG, but all I could think about was my dinner getting cold,” he laughed.
Gary took the validation slip from the clerk at the store and glanced at it, not wearing his glasses. “I thought I had won $11,000. I put the ticket away for a few months during COVID-19 and when I called OLG to set up my prize claim appointment I looked at my ticket this time with my glasses on, and I realized how much I had won,” he smiled. “We were so excited about an $11,000 win that when I told my wife, we were shocked! It didn’t seem real.”
The retired postal worker’s first priority is his family. “My brother passed away two years ago and I want to help my sister-in-law with some much-needed repairs to her home. It’s something I can do for my brother even though he is no longer with us,” he said.
“This win is wonderful and emotional,” he 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.
POKER LOTTO players can opt for ALL IN for an additional $1 to take a chance on instantly winning a jackpot that starts at $10,000 and grows until it is won. Visit the POKER LOTTO page on OLG.ca for more information about ALL IN.
The winning ticket was purchased at New York News Convenience on Oakville Avenue in London.
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