A Kingston area family of 5 is celebrating after winning the $100,000 ENCORE prize in February 1st’s LOTTO 6/49 draw.
The winners are Joan Bryant, Kerrie Smith, Lewis Bryant and Jeffrey Bryant of Kingston and Daniel Bryant of Harrowsmith.
“We are a very close family and we love spending time together,” Joan told the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto, while with her husband, Lewis, and daughter, Kerrie. “We decided to go in together on a lottery pool. It was a one-time group play, and one time is all we needed.”
The family bought three tickets in total and didn’t check the numbers for a couple of days.
“I was at the gas station the day we found out about our win when I decided to check our numbers,” said Lewis. When he scanned the ticket, “I saw a bunch of zeros so I scanned the other two tickets. Then I rescanned the first ticket and I realized we won $100,000!”
He says he asked a print out of the winning numbers, then went to his car where he phoned his wife and whispered, “I think we won $100,000.”
Joan tells officials she didn’t believe him at first, and added that the timing was perfect because they had the whole family over that evening to talk about a vacation they were planning to take. “This was going to happen with or without a lottery win,” said Joan. “But with the win, it took on a whole new meaning!”
When Lewis arrived home, it was determined that each member of the family would be getting a share of the winnings. “The plan all along was for my wife and I to pay for this family trip and that hasn’t changed,” he said.
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“This lottery win is a bonus for each of our children and their families to do as they wish,” Lewis added. “The biggest gift for us is to see our children enjoy this extra bit of money. One of them is planning to buy a car, another has plans for renovations and everyone has bills to pay.”
His daughter Kerrie told officials “This win feels like a dream. It’s very special that we can do this together as a family.”
Their winning ticket was purchased at the Petro Canada on Centennial Drive in Kingston.
ENCORE can be played in conjunction with most online lottery games for an extra $1. There is an ENCORE draw every day.
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