New dad wins $20 million LOTTO MAX jackpot

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. President and CEO Rod Phillips presents a $20 million LOTTO MAX cheque to Robert Piluso of Toronto at the OLG Prize Centre on Friday, January 25th, 2013. (Photo Credit: Shan Qiao) (CNW Group/OLG)

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TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Robert Piluso buys one LOTTO MAX ticket every couple of weeks. He does it, so he can get change to pay his dog walker. With a new baby at home, checking these tickets has been an afterthought, so when he walked into a store on Thursday evening and found out he had won the $20 million jackpot from the January 4, 2013 LOTTO MAX draw, he was blown away.

"I am really glad I remembered to check this ticket. I have a whole pile at home. I didn't even know what the jackpot amount was, when I bought it," said Piluso.

The new dad says that if it wasn't for his baby daughter, he wouldn't have hired a dog walker and ultimately, would not have won the jackpot.

The 39-year old Toronto resident is a service advisor at a local auto dealership and says this is a life changing experience.

"This is just going to make everything way better. We are outgrowing our house, and had been talking about looking for a new one, so now we can get a much bigger space," he explained.

Any further LOTTO MAX dreams though still haven't been finalized.

"My wife and I just haven't processed this yet. It's still not real so we can't even think about our future plans. I guess number one is to get to a bank today, right?" he laughed.

The winning ticket was purchased at Mac's Convenience on Van Horne in Toronto.

This is the first Ontario LOTTO MAX jackpot win in 2013.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, Casinos, Slots, and Resort Casinos have generated more than $36 billion for the benefit of the Province of Ontario. Proceeds from OLG's operations help support Ontario's hospitals, amateur sport through the QUEST FOR GOLD program, recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities.

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