Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Chatham man wins nearly $248,000 ‘Lightning Lotto’ jackpot

David Borges of Chatham was struck by the ‘Lightning Lotto’ jackpot on November 16, 2020.
OLG officials say the top prize, which started at $125,000, had grown to $247,950.30 before it was won.

“I decided to play Lightning Lotto because it’s new,” Borges said, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his winnings.

The automotive industry worker told his wife about his big win right away.

“She thought I was lying,” Borges said in a press release.

Borges, 45, said he feels relieved to have won.

“This will help pay off some bills,” he said.

“I am on cloud nine.”

The father of three plans to pay some bills and buy a new car with his win, OLG officials say.

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, OLG officials say.

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.

OLG officials say the health and safety of their customers and employees remains their top priority and OLG looks forward to providing future updates on the availability of in-person prize claims.

OLG officials say 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, OLG officials added.

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.

Borges’ winning ticket was purchased at C.P. Burger on Grand Avenue in Chatham.

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