Toronto, ON – Raymond Rooke of Mississauga has that “6/49 feeling” after winning $11,401,277.30 with LOTTO 6/49 from the April 14, 2021 draw. Raymond split the $22.8 million jackpot with a ticket sold in Scarborough.
Raymond, a 59-year-old married father, said he is a regular lottery player and has an iGaming subscription. “I play the same set of numbers and was considering changing them, but never got around to it,” he shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto.
Thursday morning, Raymond, who works in finance, logged onto his computer and saw an email from OLG. “I thought it was a hoax, so I logged into my OLG.ca account – it felt like I was in a dream.”
To this day Raymond admits it still doesn’t feel quite real. “This change in our life is going to be very different from the budget conscious life I’ve had so far.”
He plans to share his win with his children and parents and take some time to consider his next steps. “This will likely accelerate my retirement. And I’d like to spend my time volunteering and giving back to my community – giving cancer patients rides to treatments.”
LOTTO 6/49 players in Ontario have won over $13.2 billion in prizes since 1982, including 1,402 jackpot wins and 369 Guaranteed $1 Million Prize draws. LOTTO 6/49 is $3 per play and draws take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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.
The winning ticket was purchased on OLG.ca.
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