Jacqueline Attfield, of Blackstock, Ont., about an hour outside of Toronto, picked up the winning Instant game ticket on July 23, while taking her dog to the vet. Now her bank account is up by $100,000.
She describes buying the ticket in the first place as a “fluke.”
“I was killing some time at the store while taking my dog to the vet,” she said at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Prize Centre in Toronto, where she came to pick up her winning pot.
The retiree has been a regular lotto player for the last 35 years. When she checked her ticket on the OLG app the morning after buying it, she immediately knew something was up.
“I took a closer look and thought I won $1,000, but after looking again I noticed it said ‘Big Winner’ and saw the actual amount,” she recalled.
Attfield shared the news with her husband, who, after feeling shocked, gave her a big hug and made her check that the winning ticket was somewhere secure.
She says she plans to use the money to buy a new vehicle, pay bills and keep for a rainy day.
Attfield is the latest lotto winner who bought a winning ticket while killing time. In May, a Burnaby, B.C. woman bought a $10.9-million Lotto 649 ticket while waiting to meet a tardy friend.