Oshawa Couple Win $50 Million LOTTO MAX Jackpot

OSHAWA COUPLE ARE ONTARIO'S NEWEST MULTI-MILLIONAIRES

TORONTO, Nov. 24, 2011 /CNW/ - Don and Linda Ingram of Oshawa can hardly believe their good fortune after discovering they are Ontario's latest multi-millionaires following their $50 million jackpot win in the November 18, 2011 LOTTO MAX draw.

"We are happy when Ontario residents win jackpots that are so life-changing. We wish Mr. and Mrs. Ingram the very best as they celebrate this great win," said Rod Phillips, OLG's President and CEO, as he presented the Ingrams with the $50,000,002.00 cheque at the OLG Prize Centre today.

The additional $2.00 on the $50 million cheque is a result of the winning ticket having matched the last digit on ENCORE.

Don, 53, and Linda, 59, are both long-time cooks at Wally's World Restaurant in Oshawa. They found out about their win when Linda checked their tickets at her local retailer on Saturday morning following the Friday night draw. "When I saw and heard 'BIG WINNER' on the terminal and realized I was holding the $50 million ticket, it blew my mind," said Linda.

Linda rushed up to the apartment she shares with her husband of 36 years to tell him the incredible news. "I didn't believe her when she first told me because we had only been playing LOTTO MAX for a couple weeks and we hit the jackpot. It's incredible," said Don.

The Ingrams, who have two adult children and are grandparents to three, are unanimous in their decision of what to do with their windfall. First on the list is to share the wealth with their family. "We are so excited to make our children millionaires," said Linda. Don added, "And we want to buy a new home."

The Ingrams have been playing the lottery for approximately a decade. While they have won smaller cash prizes and free tickets in the past, this is their first major win.

The winning ticket was purchased at Oshawa Grand Convenience Store on Nonquon Road in Oshawa.

LOTTO MAX was created in September 2009. Since its launch, Ontario's LOTTO MAX players have won almost $ 948.5 million in prizes, including 16 jackpot wins. Ontario residents have won all four of the $50 million jackpots drawn in the last year.

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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Image with caption: "President and CEO of OLG Rod Phillips, left, presents Oshawa couple, Don and Linda Ingram, with a cheque for $50 million at the OLG Prize Centre Thursday afternoon. The Ingrams won the LOTTO MAX jackpot prize after purchasing a ticket for the November 18 draw. (CNW Group/OLG Winners)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111124_C9022_PHOTO_EN_7174.jpg

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