A Toronto retiree Hans Lofgreen got his first big lottery win, taking home the Lotto 6/49 top price worth $4,437,083.40 in the May 22 draw.
"I told my family about my win right away," he said while at the OLG Prize Centre to collect his winnings. "They told me I deserve it."
The 73-year-old explained that he stopped a store to check his ticket, which was originally purchased at Esso on Highway 35 in Fenelon Falls.
"This win is a great feeling. I will share this with my loved ones," Lofgreen said.
Lotto 6/49 players in Ontario have won over $13 billion in prizes since 1982, including 1,406 jackpot wins and 377 guaranteed $1 million prize draw.
The draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday, and cost three-dollars per play.
Customers with prizes over $50,000 are asked to call 1-800-387-0098 to discuss available prize claim options during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prize claims up to $49,999.90 can continue to be submitted by mail.
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