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2020 Top 10 Stories: 3

2020 Top 10 Stories: 3

Lady Luck shines on local lottery winners and... poof! There are millionaires among us

BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — With a year like the one we've had, you might think that Lady Luck has gone into lockdown with the rest of us. But for several Grey County residents, that couldn't be further from the truth!

Back in January, we reported one of the biggest lottery winners to ever grace the pages of our website. Beverly Burgess of Holstein found herself $2 million richer after winning the November 23, 2019 ONTARIO 49 jackpot, matching all six numbers to win. "This is my first major win," Beverly shared, while at the OLG Prize Centre to pick up her cheque.

Lottery winner Beverly Burgess 

The 57-year old mother of two learned about her big win while checking her ticket at the grocery store. "I was shocked and emotional. It was unreal!"

The winning ticket was purchased at Foodland of Arthur Street in Elmira.

Overshadowed by Beverly's huge winfall, on the same day, we reported that William Woods of Proton Station landed $100,047.80 in the December 18, 2019 LOTTO 6/49 draw. William matched five numbers plus the bonus number to win his prize. Lucky William also won $5 on his ENCORE selection, bringing his total winnings to $100,052.80.

“This is my first big win,” shared William, a 40-year old construction worker, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque. “When I scanned my ticket at the store, it was unbelievable!”

"It feels great," William concluded.

The winning ticket was purchased at Colpepper's Limited on Collingwood Street in Flesherton.

In February, we reported another lottery player to pick up their winnings from a lottery ticket purchase the previous year. Trinity Debney of Dundalk had that “6/49 feeling” after winning a LOTTO 6/49 second prize worth $120,912.90 in the July 3, 2019 draw. Trinity matched five numbers plus the bonus number to win the prize.

The winning ticket was purchased at Esso on Main Street in Dundalk.

Later in the year, the bucks kept flowing as another big winner, Cody Kane of Dundalk collected $2 million in September after winning with INSTANT 200X MULTIPLIER (Game #2056).

Lottery winner Cody Kane 

Cody, a 31-year-old married father, was at a gas station filling up his truck when he decided to cash in some smaller winning INSTANT tickets and purchase this one. “I handed the ticket to the cashier to check it,” he shared, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to collect his cheque. “The ‘Big Winner’ message appeared but I didn’t know how much I won until the cashier handed me the validation slip!”

Cody called his wife right away to tell her the good news. “I told her to check her text messages. When she saw the photo I sent of the validation slip, she just kept asking ‘Are you kidding me’? And crying harder each time she said it!”

The winning ticket was purchased at Circle K on Toronto Street in Markdale.

Also reported in September, Frederick (locally known as Fred) Campbell of Flesherton (nay Eugenia) ante'd up and went ‘ALL IN’ to win the POKER LOTTO ALL IN jackpot worth $67,128.90 on August 16, 2020. Fred also won $5,000 on the instant portion of his POKER LOTTO play, bringing his total winnings to $72,128.90.

This was Fred’s second POKER LOTTO win. “The first time I ever played POKER LOTTO I won $5,000,” he shared, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque. “I never expected to win again. When the cards came up, I was cheering them on,” he laughed. “And then I saw I got the royal flush!”

According to an October press release, saying “yes” to ENCORE paid off for Bruce Irving of Walters Falls. Bruce matched the last six of seven ENCORE numbers in exact order in the July 18, 2020 LOTTARIO draw to win $100,000! Bruce also won $2 on another one of his ENCORE selections, bringing his total winnings to $100,002.

Bruce, 59, said he plays numbers that are a combination of his grandchildren’s birthdays. "I didn't check my tickets for a month," shared Bruce, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his winnings. "This winning ticket was the second one I scanned. I was surprised and scared,” he admitted.

The winning ticket was purchased at Sunny & Moon on Toronto Street in Markdale.

With 2020 behind us, is it time to go out and buy a ticket?


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