MAPLE RESIDENT ‘GRATEFUL’ AFTER WINNING VERY FIRST INSTANT TOP UP JACKPOT WORTH $281,472

Toronto, ONFarid Foroughimobarakeh of Maple, seized the moment, playing new INSTANT TOP UP to win the jackpot, which had grown to $281,472.20 when it was won! Farid is the very first person to win the jackpot with OLG’s new INSTANT TOP UP!

Farid, a 61-year-old married father, said he was out picking up dinner for his family and while waiting for his food he went to the store and picked up some INSTANT tickets and two TOP UP’s. “The clerk said, ‘Sir, I think you won a big prize.’ I was shocked! I never would have expected a win like this,” he shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque.

Farid went home and shared the big news with his wife and children. “They were all so shocked – we celebrated together and ate our dinner,” he smiled.

“This is wonderful for me and my family,” said Farid, who works in real estate and renovations. “We are immigrants to this country and work very hard. I can’t explain the happiness I feel inside. I’m so grateful.”

Farid plans to use his windfall to pay off his mortgage and invest for his children. “I’d also like to put some aside to travel with my family,” he concluded.

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 TOP UP can be added to any eligible INSTANT ticket purchase for $1 more. The top prize is a jackpot that starts at $25,000 and grows with each play purchased across Ontario until it is won. Free Play and cash prizes are also available. The retailer scans the barcode on the back of the INSTANT ticket and collects the $1 to activate the INSTANT TOP UP video on the lottery terminal screen. If the video displays three matching tiles, win the corresponding prize. If a “TOP UP Bonus” tile is revealed, win a Bonus prize. 

The winning ticket was purchased at Levendale Convenience on Levendale Road in Richmond Hill.

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