"My stomach was in knots": Toronto Lotto Max winner kept his $35 million ticket secret for weeks

Aug 9 2021, 2:10 pm

Who knew a Lotto Max ticket purchased at King Grocery on King Street would be the key to $35 million?

Ginno Torres certainly hoped it would. And the 29-year-old regular lottery player was right.

According to the OLG, Torres had known about his winning ticket for weeks, but decided to keep it a secret until he got his mega cheque. Torres won the $70 million June 22 jackpot, which he splits with a winner from BC.

“I wanted to make sure it was real before I surprised my family and friends with this incredible news,” said Torres, a recent college graduate.

Torres apparently saw a lot of zeros on the ticket checker and thought he had won $35,000, but wasn’t sure what he was seeing on the display. That’s when OLG said he went to another store and checked again.

“That’s when I realized I won $35 million. My stomach was in knots as I was thinking about what was happening,” he said. “I was numb!”

He said he tried to continue with his day “as if nothing had happened, as a coping mechanism to deal with the shock of this life-changing event.”

As for what the new Toronto multimillionaire has planned, he said he will be making sure his family is taken care of, and that he will be sharing a portion of his wealth with some charities.

He also wants to redecorate his home and plans to commission some custom-made art from Canadian Indigenous artists.

The lucky winner also hopes to travel across Canada and, when it’s safe to tour other countries, he plans to visit Europe and Asia.

DH Toronto StaffDH Toronto Staff

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