TORONTO, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - Gerald Clement of Ottawa has been
playing the same lottery numbers, month after month, always hoping for a
big win. This past Friday, August 13th was truly his
lucky day, as his numbers were a match for half of the $50 million LOTTO
MAX jackpot, that had remained un-won for five consecutive weeks in
a row. Clement will receive a prize of $25 million.
Clement is a long-time Ottawa resident and local construction worker. In
January, Clement won a free play on a LOTTO MAX ticket which he
cashed in for another ticket. For the next eight months, Clement
continued to win a free play in almost every draw on the same ticket he
had started with in January.
When his numbers were drawn as the jackpot numbers, Clement said that
ironically, it was a delayed birthday present.
"I turned 50 in July, only a few weeks before my big win," he explained.
While Ontario waited for him to come forward, Clement spent a week
preparing himself for the life-changing moment when he receives $25
"I'm so lucky to have a close-knit network of family and friends that I
could turn to in this situation. It took me a long time to process this,
and I checked my ticket at the self-scanner about five times," said the
happy winner, at the OLG Toronto Prize Centre to claim his prize.
Travelling is in the future for Clement, who hasn't travelled in ten
years and is looking forward to a life of leisure activities.
"I'm going to do a hell-of-a-lot of golfing and fishing after this,"
The winning ticket was purchased at Michael's Confectionary on Sommerset
Street East in Ottawa.
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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