Friday, January 15, 2021

Pain Court man wins $100,000 lottery prize

Saying ‘yes’ to Encore paid off for Robert Bechard of Pain Court.

OLG officials say Bechard matched the last six of seven Encore numbers in exact order in the March 13, 2020 Lotto Max draw to win $100,000.

Bechard, a 63-year old married father of two, discovered his win when he used the ticket checker at a retailer.

“I looked at the screen and I was like ‘What the…?’,” Bechard said, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to collect his cheque.

“I was so excited and thrilled… I was shaking.”

OLG officials say the school custodian plans to use his winnings to pay some bills and invest towards his retirement.

“What a nice feeling,” he said in a press release.

“I am so happy about this win… my whole town knows I’ve won.”

The OLG Prize Centre in Toronto has resumed in-person prize claims for winning-ticket holders of $50,000 or more by-appointment only, OLG officials say.

To best protect customers and staff, OLG has put in place appropriate health and safety protocols in accordance with guidelines from public health officials, which include physical distancing measures, the mandatory use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the pre-screening of visitors before granting entry.

Currently, OLG is reaching out to major prize winners ($50,000+) who have been unable to claim their prizes due to COVID-19 to schedule appointments for in-person prize claims, OLG officials say.

In the coming weeks, OLG will open appointments to anyone wishing to claim their prize in-person at the Prize Centre.

Encore offers 22 ways to win and can be played in conjunction with most lottery games for an extra $1. There is an Encore draw every day.

The winning ticket was purchased at Pain Court Market on Winterline Road in Pain Court.

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