TORONTO, April 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario players are now cashing in on the new, Canada-wide INSTANT $100,000 PER YEAR FOR LIFE game (Game #1698). First available for purchase in early April, players in Ontario have already claimed two of the top prizes, plus five secondary prizes.
Toronto resident, Peter Nagy was shocked when he realized that he had won the top prize of $100,000 per year for life. "My wife thought I was joking when I shared the news with her," he said. The 68-year old retiree decided to take the one-time lump sum cash payment option of $1.5 million instead of the yearly payout.
Mississauga couple, Helen and Douglas Mader bought an INSTANT $100,000 PER YEAR FOR LIFE ticket after seeing the television commercial for the new game. "We validated the ticket at the store," said Douglas. "When the slip came out I was calm but in shock!" The parents of three and grandparents of two, who also opted for the one-time lump sum cash payment of $1.5 million, plan to invest their winnings for retirement.
Each $100,000 PER YEAR FOR LIFE ticket costs $20. The ticket has eight scratch game boards, each offering different ways to win. The game offers six top prizes of $100,000 per year for life and 80 secondary prizes of a 2012 GMC Terrain vehicle.
And so far five secondary prize winners of $100,000 PER YEAR FOR LIFE have been won. All secondary prize winners to date have opted for the $50,000 payout instead of the GMC Terrain:
- Stacey Jacobs, a stay-at-home mom, and Clayte Bell, a tool and dye maker, both from Curve Lake, purchased a ticket on instinct. "I just had a gut feeling," said Stacey. The couple plans to put their winnings towards a pool for their three kids.
- Tharmabalan Tharmalingam, a 56-year old machine operator and father of two from Etobicoke, couldn't sleep after realizing he won $50,000. "I woke up at 3 in the morning and couldn't get back to sleep. I was so excited!"
- Alexander McCaffrey of Kitchener bought some tickets based on an earlier fortune cookie message, "soon you will come into money." The 22-year old student plans to visit Cuba and England with his winnings.
- Stephanie Orloff of Toronto played her ticket while at work. The 36-year old sales associate plans to share her winnings with friends, family and her favourite charities.
- Joseph M. Vanderhurk, a self-employed man from Brantford was "pretty calm" when he realized he won a second prize. The 45-year old father of one plans to put his winnings in the bank while he decides what to do with the windfall.
Ontario players can visit OLG.ca for more information on INSTANT $100,000 PER YEAR FOR LIFE, from how to play and updates on remaining prizes to where to buy tickets.
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: "Toronto resident, Peter Nagy won a top prize of $100,000 per year for life with INSTANT $100,000 PER YEAR FOR LIFE (CNW Group/OLG Winners)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120418_C6857_PHOTO_EN_12483.jpg
Image with caption: "Mississauga couple, Helen and Douglas Mader, won a top prize of $100,000 per year for life with INSTANT $100,000 PER YEAR FOR LIFE. (CNW Group/OLG Winners)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120418_C6857_PHOTO_EN_12485.jpg
Image with caption: "The new, Canada-wide game, INSTANT $100,000 PER YEAR FOR LIFE, offers six top prizes of $100,000 per year for life and 80 secondary prizes of a 2012 GMC Terrain vehicle (CNW Group/OLG Winners)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120418_C6857_PHOTO_EN_12487.jpg
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