The OLG reports Kingston resident Cristina Panopoulos-Rowe won $261,854.80 from a LOTTO MAX ticket purchased for the June 23, 2017 draw.
According to the OLG, Cristina was running errands with her 10-year-old son when she decided to check her ticket on a whim.
“I gave the ticket to the retailer and jokingly said to my son, ‘Maybe we can buy dad a boat if I win’ which is what we always say,” she told the OLG. “When the retailer said it was a big win, I didn’t believe her! My son was jumping up and down. I didn’t know what the amount was until they told me – I was shaking, I couldn’t even write down the number.”
She and her family left for a pre-planned trip to Greece before claiming the prize, but Cristina said she didn’t tell anyone about the win because she didn’t know for sure that it was real.
It wasn’t until she returned home and made the trip to the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto that it finally sunk in.
Cristina told the OLG she plans to use the money to celebrate with a nice family dinner and to fund her son’s education.
“It gives me the freedom to not worry. I feel like we’ve just been given a cushion for next steps and where we choose to go,” Cristina said. “I always said to my husband that I wanted to be that person in the commercial that wakes up and is on a boat – that I just wanted to wake up and not worry. I feel like I’m waking up now. It just feels like a dream.”
The winning ticket was purchased at Shoppers Drug Mart on Bath Road in Kingston.
Since its launch in September 2009, Ontario LOTTO MAX players have won over $3.8 billion in prizes, including 52 jackpot wins and 370 winning MAXMILLIONS tickets from all across the province.
OLG is the Ontario government agency that delivers gaming entertainment in a socially responsible manner. OLG conducts and manages gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, PlayOLG Internet gaming, the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres and is leading the integration of horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy.
Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $44 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. These payments to the province support the operation of hospitals, amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program, local and provincial charities and problem gambling prevention, treatment and research.
The Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline is at 1-888-230-3505