OTTAWA RESIDENT’S DREAMS ARE NOW DREAMIER WITH A $1 MILLION LOTTO MAX MAXMILLIONS WIN

Toronto, ON – The LOTTO MAX odds have shone in favour for Craig Wheeler of Ottawa! He had the winning ticket for a MAXMILLIONS prize worth $1 million from the December 17, 2021 LOTTO MAX draw.

Craig, a 62-year-old father and grandfather, said he discovered his win while out grocery shopping. “I scanned my ticket using the Ticket Checker and then got my wife’s attention. She thought it was just an advertisement until the cashier told her several times that it was real!” he laughed, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his winnings. “It also took my kids a full day to believe me!”

The retiree said it all feels so surreal. “You can’t really describe this feeling unless you’ve actually won. It’s something that seems so impossible until it happens to you.”

He plans to pay some bills, make some charitable donations and possibly purchase a vehicle.

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.

LOTTO MAX players in Ontario have won over $6.7 billion since 2009, including 88 jackpot wins and 721 MAXMILLIONS prizes, right across the province. LOTTO MAX is $5 per play and draws take place on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The winning ticket was purchased at Mac’s on Stonehaven Drive in Kanata.

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