John Solski of Barrie is celebrating after winning $60,759.60 from the February 11, 2017 LOTTO 6/49 draw. John matched five numbers plus the bonus number to win a secondary prize.
“The day following the draw I was out running some errands when I decided to check my LOTTO 6/49 ticket,” shared John while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto where he picked up his winnings. “I scanned my ticket in the ticket checker. At first I thought I won $60 but I also saw a few extra numbers on the screen.”
John pulled the ticket away and scanned it again. “That’s when I saw the words, ‘Big Winner’ flash on the screen and the full prize amount – more than $60,000! I asked the retailer to join me at the ticket checker as the store wasn’t busy. He confirmed I wasn’t seeing things and was very happy for me.”
After taking a photograph of the ticket checker with the amount he won, John headed straight home to share the good news with his fiancé. “I walked in the door and announced, ‘Honey, we are debt free! She looked at me confused and said, ‘What are you talking about?’ I showed her the photo of the ticket checker. She didn’t believe me at first but her eyes did go wide. It wasn’t until I validated the ticket, with her by my side, that it all became real.”
Plans are underway for John’s windfall. “I will be getting a laptop for myself and I have a very special gift in mind for my wonderful fiancé. It’s a surprise so I won’t say more about that,” smiled John. “Winning the lottery gives me freedom and I can look to the future with excitement,” concluded John.