TORONTO, Feb. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - February 29 comes around only once every
four years and this is one special leap year day that Gaetan and JoAnn Champagne of Hawkesbury will never forget. Today the President and CEO of Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG)
presented the couple with a $50 million cheque for winning the December
30, 2011 LOTTO MAX jackpot.
The prize claim was subject to OLG's Insider Wins process as both Gaetan
and JoAnn had each been employed as lottery retailers within the past
"It is our pleasure to present this life-changing prize to the
Champagnes. We thank them for their cooperation throughout the claims
process and now wish them the very best as they celebrate this great
win," said Rod Phillips, OLG's President and CEO, as he handed the
$50,000,00.00 cheque to the couple at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto.
Gaetan, 51, and JoAnn, 49, are longtime residents of Hawkesbury. The
couple has been playing the lottery for many years, and this was their
first major win.
"We found out we won the jackpot while on our way to celebrate the New
Year. Right away, we knew that we would be subject to a review as part
of OLG's insider policy because we used to own a store," said Gaetan.
"We knew the rules and we followed them. We understood we would have to
wait a little longer to get our cheque," added JoAnn. "We are so happy
to win this money - it will go a long way in improving our lives and
The Champagnes, who have two adult children, have already made plans for
their windfall -they have purchased a new car, put a down payment on a
new house and invested in their son's business. Now that they have the
cheque, they plan to share the wealth with their local community.
"We definitely want to give back to our hometown which has supported us
over the years and has celebrated with us at this exciting time. There
are so many worthwhile causes in Hawkesbury - the food bank, the
hospital - and we look forward to sharing our good fortune," said
The winning ticket was purchased at Pharmaprix on Aberdeen Street in
LOTTO MAX was created in September 2009. Since its launch, Ontario LOTTO MAX players have won more than $1.1 billion in prizes including 19 jackpots
and 114 winning MAXMILLIONS tickets.
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 $34 billion for the benefit of
the Province of Ontario. Gaming proceeds support Ontario's hospitals,
amateur sport, recreational and cultural activities, communities,
provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and
local and provincial charities and non-profit organizations through the
Ontario Trillium Foundation.
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