TORONTO, April 19 /CNW/ - It was an ordinary Saturday morning for
Toronto resident John Addo, when he went about his usual routine of
checking his lottery tickets at a neighbourhood retailer. When he
discovered that he had a winning ticket for $16.6 million, from the
April 15 LOTTO MAX draw, he was stunned and didn't know what to do.
"When I gave the retailer my ticket and she told me how much I won, I
went into shock. I immediately went straight home and lay down for
awhile to think about it. Then I called a friend to come over, so that
I could tell someone," said Addo.
The hard-working employee of a local industrial cleaning company, who
has been living in Toronto for three years and working seven days a
week to make ends meet, says he never lost faith in the lottery.
"My coworkers would often tease me about my weekly ticket purchase, but
I had faith I was going to win," said Addo. "But when it really
happened, I couldn't stop crying. I just thank OLG, as I could never
have imagined winning this much money in my life."
Addo came to Canada from Ghana twenty years ago, settling down in
Montreal until moving to Toronto three years ago. Addo says he still
has lots of family in his native Ghana.
"I will definitely go back and visit my family now. My first priority
though will be to buy a home of my own and invest my money properly,"
The winning ticket was purchased at Gateway Newstand at Wellington and
John Streets in Toronto.
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 $32 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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