Hamilton resident claims $16.1 million LOTTO 6/49 prize

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TORONTO, March 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Hamilton resident Myungsu You happily claimed his $16.1 million jackpot today, from the June 30, 2012 LOTTO 6/49 draw. As Mr. You was the owner of an OLG retail location in Hamilton, this prize claim fell within OLG's definition of an Insider Win. Mr. You's win was first announced on February 22, 2013 and was subject to a 30-day wait period. He has now successfully completed the Insider Wins claim process and has been awarded his prize.

"I was very shocked when I discovered that I was a winner. I was very surprised! I was thinking 'what's happening?'" said Mr. You, who has been a Hamilton resident for 12 years.

OLG retailers are prohibited from playing the lottery at their place of work. Mr. You's ticket was purchased at Metro Centre Mall on Barton St in Hamilton. He discovered he won on the day after the draw, but was in the process of selling his business and chose to wait to claim his prize.

When asked what he was going to do with his windfall, the 56-year old said his mind was full of ideas.

"This is the first time I've been a millionaire, so I've been dreaming about lots of nice things of course!" he joked.

Mr. You said he's also going to take a little break for awhile. "Convenience store owners work very hard! I am going to take some time off and then look for something else to do," he explained.

Ontario lottery players received $1.7 billion in prizes in the 2011/12 fiscal 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 $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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