April 1, 2016
Rather Large Windfall
$60M winner sits on ticket not believing
Ontario Lottery and Gaming
began his Saturday like most other Saturdays, running errands and finally
arriving back home at lunchtime where he checked his one LOTTO MAX ticket.
"I was sitting at the kitchen table and found the winning numbers on my
phone. I wrote them down, then checked my ticket. I saw every single number
match up and said out loud – I've made a mistake. There is no way I won."
"I hid that winning ticket under my carpet
then realized that wasn't sensible so instead I stuck it under a lamp,"
laughed Maurice De Gennaro of Toronto, OLG's newest $60 million jackpot
winner from the March 18, 2016 LOTTO MAX draw.
Maurice went to his computer next and checked
the numbers again, stared at the screen then his ticket, then the screen,
then his ticket. "I started shaking, broke out in a sweat and thought, this
is all too much. And that's when I tucked the ticket under the carpet," he
Easter Sunday was the day Maurice decided he couldn't keep the news to
himself any longer. "At Easter dinner with my sister and nephew, I pulled
out a photocopy of my ticket and said - it appears that I won a substantial
amount of money but I'm not entirely sure. My sister thought I was joking. I
needed my nephew Richard to see for himself. He must have checked that
ticket a thousand times," smiled Maurice. "Then, believe it or not, we just
went ahead with our Easter celebration, like nothing had happened."
Maurice loves to travel and knows this win will take him on many incredible
journeys. "My dream is to pick up where I left off after a vacation in
Europe two years ago suddenly ended when I broke my arm and leg. I was
sightseeing in France and snapping photos when I tripped on some stairs.
Now, I can return to France, a country I love. Then it will be on to the
rest of Europe, taking my time, seeing the sites and just coming and going
as I please," he smiled.
Since its launch in September 2009, Ontario LOTTO MAX players have won over
$3 billion in prizing, including 45 jackpot wins and 311 MAXMILLIONS prizes,
right across the province.
The winning ticket was purchased at St. Clair News and Lottery on St. Clair
Avenue in Toronto.
OLG is the Ontario
government agency that delivers gaming entertainment in a socially
responsible manner. OLG conducts and manages gaming facilities, the sale of
province-wide lottery games, PlayOLG Internet gaming, the delivery of bingo
and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres and is
leading the integration of horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy.
Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $42 billion to the Province and the
people of Ontario. These payments to the province support the operation of
hospitals, amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program, local and
provincial charities and problem gambling prevention, treatment and
All for Here - 100 per cent of OLG's proceeds are invested in Ontario
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