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Retired welder wins $82K

He bought the ticket at the Esso on River Park Road
Jack Sikora of Timmins
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TORONTO - Jack Sikora of Timmins has $82,005.30 to put toward his dreams after winning a Lotto Max second prize in the June 5, 2020 draw. Jack matched six numbers plus the bonus number to win the prize.

Jack, a 62-year-old retired welder, stopped at a retailer for some items and when checking out, the cashier asked if he would like a Lotto Max ticket for that evening’s draw.

“I said, okay. He was a good salesman,” he shared, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque. After the draw, Jack’s girlfriend scanned his ticket for him on her phone using the OLG Lottery App. “The Big Winner message appeared and my eyes just about popped out of my head,” he laughed.

The father and grandfather plans to do some traveling when he feels it is safe to do so again. “I have no idea what my plans are, all I know is I’ll have fun spending it,” he concluded.

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.

Lotto Max players in Ontario have won over $5.5 billion since 2009, including 75 jackpot wins and 605 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 Esso on the Run on River Park Road in Timmins.