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Hamilton couple turns $1 into $1-million with Encore lotto win

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Hamilton couple turns $1 into $1-million with Encore lotto win

Carol and Joseph Ridsdale of Dundas matched all seven Encore numbers in the exact order to win $1-million in the Dec. 26, 2020 draw.

The couple, who are in their mid-to-late 50s, are regular lottery players.

“I was having a frustrating morning and decided to stop what I was doing and check our lottery tickets,” shared Carol, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up their winnings. “I used the OLG Lottery App and when I saw Big Winner, I thought my phone was broken.”

Carol said she called Joe over to tell him they had won $100,000. Joe then realized there were more than just six zeros.

The couple plans to pay off their mortgage and invest in their retirement.

“We’re accelerating our retirement and the year we retire will also be our 30th wedding anniversary so we’re going to celebrate it all with a trip to Hawaii,” they concluded.

Encore can be played in conjunction with most lottery games for an extra $1 through OLG.

There is an Encore draw every day.

The winning ticket was purchased at Pioneer Snack Express on Dundas St. in Waterdown.

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