Debra D’Souza of Brampton has just won $50,000 with INSTANT CROSSWORD inside an INSTANT GIFT PACK.
The 61-year-old retired office administrator, received this ticket as a Christmas gift from one of her daughters last year, according to OLG.
D’Souza recently found that INSTANT GIFT PACK in her closet tucked away in a gift bag.
“I thought, oh, this will be fun,” she told OLG. “Then I revealed the $50,000 prize and thought I might be having a heart attack!”
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According to OLG, D’Souza called her other daughter to help her verify the win.
“She said, ‘Mom, I have no time for this. You get excited over winning five dollars,” she said.
“Then my husband scanned the ticket on the OLG Lottery App and we were overjoyed.”
The mother of three is planning to share with her kids but is also planning to keep a bit of this win for herself, according to OLG. She is looking forward to taking a nice vacation when possible.
“It was quite an experience; one of the best moments our family has had this year. I’m already thinking about my next win,” she concluded.
The winning ticket was purchased at the CNIB lottery kiosk in Walmart on Coventry Road in Brampton.
The OLG Prize Centre in Toronto is now accepting in-person prize claim appointments for winning-ticket holders of $10,000 or more.
Appointments for prizes of this value will be granted if requested, however, prizes up to $49,999.90 do not have to be claimed in-person and customers are encouraged to continue to mail in these claims when possible.
To best protect customers and staff, OLG has put in place appropriate health and safety protocols in accordance with guidelines from public health officials, which include physical distancing measures, the mandatory use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the pre-screening of visitors before granting entry.
Future announcements will be made as to when OLG will open appointments to anyone wishing to claim their prize in-person at the Prize Centre.