Portuguese butcher wins $14.5 million on LOTTO 6/49



    TORONTO, March 27 /CNW/ - Jose Lima of Toronto had a feeling last night
he should buy a LOTTO 6/49 ticket. It was a good thing he did, because this
morning Lima found out he won a jackpot of $14,571,490.70, the single winning
ticket for the Wednesday March 26, 2008 LOTTO 6/49 draw.
    "I haven't played the game in a few weeks, but last night I got a feeling
I should get a ticket," said Lima. This morning while drinking a cup of coffee
near "The Talho", the butcher shop he manages at Bloor Street and Ossington in
Toronto's west end, he saw his numbers come up. "I felt weak! I still can't
believe it! The numbers all mean something to me, and they include a mix of my
kids' birthdays and a number my dad always played," he added.
    Lima came to Canada from the Azores in 1985, and says he has worked
7 days a week since then. Despite this, the first thing he excitedly told
staff at OLG Prize Centre is that he would keep his promise to give $5,000 to
each one of the 50 co-workers at the butcher shop.
    With voice cracking with emotion, he also told OLG he would buy 1000
packs of chicken and give them away to passers-by and the poor this April 3rd,
to celebrate the memory of his father who passed away 5 years ago, and that he
would help a brother in need in Brazil.
    Only when prompted would Lima discuss what he would do with the money for
himself and his family. He says he has plans but is unsure of them at this
time.
    The winning ticket was purchased at Lucky Discount Variety at 1064 Bloor
Street West in Toronto.

    
                         Protecting Lottery Customers

    Over the past 12 months, OLG has taken significant action toward
    protecting lottery customers from theft and fraud. To date, the following
    safeguards have been put in place:

    -   The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is now Ontario's
        lottery regulator. Insider and suspicious wins will be investigated
        by OPP officers assigned to the AGCO. All calls regarding potential
        fraud or theft are routed directly to Investigations.

    -   Improved training and procedures for OLG investigations of prize
        claims made by the general public are now in place.

    -   A news release is issued for every lottery winner over $10,000 and
        the information is posted on OLG's corporate website, OLG.ca for
        approximately 30 days. For Insider wins, described as people who have
        a perceived influence over the lottery scheme, and people who sell,
        redeem and distribute lottery products, or family members (spouse,
        children, parents, siblings as well as any other relative not
        described here who resides in the same household) of Insiders, a news
        release is also distributed and posted on the OLG website for
        approximately 30 days and payment of the prize is withheld for that
        30 day period to give anyone with concerns about the win, an
        opportunity to come forward.

    -   Self-Serve Ticket Checkers are available at nearly all lottery
        terminal retailers for customers to check their own on-line tickets.

    -   The lottery terminal 'freezes' when a winning ticket worth $10,000 or
        more is validated. The freeze allows an OLG representative to
        immediately call the store to confirm the win with the retailer and
        the customer by telephone.

    -   Enhancements to the lottery terminal Customer-Facing Display Screens
        include:

           -  Jingles and videos that play for a longer time when a winning
              ticket is validated, and winning/non-winning messages appear in
              a larger print font
           -  all prize amounts up to $1000 appear on the screen
           -  prizes over $1000 but less than $10,000 will display a message
              instructing the winner to obtain their ticket and claim
              verification slip
           -  a new video, jingle and voice-over message plays for winning
              tickets worth $10,000 or more along with a display indicating
              "BIG WINNER".

    -   All on-line tickets are branded along the left side as winning or
        non-winning when validated through the terminal.

    Effective January 28, 2008 customers must sign their lottery ticket
    before it can be validated by the retailer. The front of on-line tickets
    includes a signature box and a message further reminding customers to
    sign their tickets...

    -   Public education campaigns to remind people to sign and check their
        tickets and to call our hotline if they had any concerns.

    -   Our Customer Excellence Centre is now open 24 hours a day/7 days a
        week.


    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 nearly $26 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.

                       Know your limit, play within it!

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