A pair of former coworkers who started playing the lottery to stay connected may never have to work again after winning $70 million.
According to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), Donna Williamson of Thornhill and David Overall of Oakville are the latest winners of the Lotto Max prize, after playing together for more than 10 years.
Winning the Friday, July 31, draw, the pair received their cheque at the OLG Play Stage in Ontario Place. The event was physically distanced to protect the health and safety of everyone involved.
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“It was my turn to buy a ticket that week and I considered buying a couple extra for my household, but I decided against it, because it only takes one ticket to win,” Williamson said in a release. “I sent David an email with a scan of our ticket and a caption that said, ‘Here are the numbers for the $70 million. Yabba dabba doo!'”
“We were just hoping to win $20 so we could continue our short-term investment strategy,” Overall added.
After matching them herself online, Williams said she woke her partner up to confirm the numbers were correct.
The winnings will allow Overall, a grocery store employee, to retire in September, though he’s in no rush to make any big decisions.
“My wife, kids and I will take some time to settle into our new reality before making any big decisions. Maybe a cottage is in our future?” he said in the release.
Williamson, already retired from finance, is looking forward to travelling when it is safe to do so.
The winning ticket was purchased at Brothers Convenience on Bay Thorn Drive in Thornhill, and this was the second time a $70 million prize has been awarded in Ontario.
Taking place twice a week, Ontario Lotto Max reports its winners have earned $5.6 billion, including 76 jackpot wins and 608 Maxmillions prizes, throughout the province.