RELEASE — Alison Wheeler of Whitby and Robin Wheeler of Yarker were struck by the LIGHTNING LOTTO jackpot on February 13, 2021. The top prize, which started at $125,000, had grown to $188,623.50 before it was won! The pair also won $2 on another one of their LIGHTNING LOTTO selections, bringing their total winnings to $188,625.50.
Sisters, Alison and Robin said they have been playing the lottery together since LIGHTNING LOTTO came out. “Deal of the century – $2 ticket with a progressive jackpot!” they shared.
The duo said it was late in the afternoon when they purchased their LIGHTNING LOTTO play. “The guy at the store told me I won something and that OLG was going to call me,” Alison shared. “I was stunned – he was too!”
Alison called her sister immediately to tell her about their big win. “She didn’t believe me,” she laughed. “I had to send her a photo for proof!”
Alison says she will put most of her win towards retirement. “I’ve also put some money aside for a trip when it’s safe to travel again,” she concluded.
The winning ticket was purchased at Esso on Consumers Drive in Whitby.
In accordance with government-issued lockdown measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, OLG is currently limiting the number of in-person prize claim appointments at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to only those that require a face-to-face interview. Customers with prizes over $50,000 are asked to call 1-800-387-0098 to discuss available prize claim options. Prize claims up to $49,999.90 should continue to be submitted by mail. The health and safety of our customers and employees remains our top priority and OLG looks forward to providing future updates on the availability of in-person prize claims.
These winners participated in a virtual prize claim process as OLG is limiting the number of in-person prize claim appointments to only those that require a face-to-face interview. As these winners are at home, they are not required to wear a mask in the photo they provide. Winners that attend the Prize Centre are required to wear a mask, which is why winner photos may differ.
LIGHTNING LOTTO players can win a jackpot on the spot! Match all five numbers in any one line on your LIGHTNING LOTTO ticket with those drawn earlier that day to win the jackpot. The top prize starts at $125,000 and grows with ticket sales. Each $2 Quick Pick consists of three lines of five numbers from 1 to 49. LIGHTNING LOTTO is available exclusively at lottery retailers. Odds of winning any prize are 1 in 4.47. For more information on How to Play as well as full prize details and odds of winning, visit OLG.ca.
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