Toronto, ON – When Balraj Awasthi of Toronto moved to Canada 25 years ago, he had big dreams. “Being a chef, I always wanted to open my own restaurant. Now I can!”
Balraj was stunned to learn he was the winner of the $12,885,935.50 jackpot from the Saturday, February 4, 2017 LOTTO 6/49 draw.
“After purchasing my ticket, I told the retailer, ‘When I win big, you will get to put up a sign that says a winning ticket was sold at your store,” laughed Balraj. “Now the retailer can put that sign up, knowing a winning ticket was in fact sold at that store!”
The 52 year old married father of two learned of his big win while doing what most dads do – bringing his kids to a sporting activity. “I dropped my daughter off at soccer practice and then decided to check my lottery tickets at a nearby store. After scanning my ticket in the ticket checker, I thought I won $12,000. My heart started beating fast. I didn’t want to validate my ticket yet. I asked the retailer to look at the ticket checker and let me know if I was seeing things. He told me I won the top prize and gave me the winning numbers slip. I couldn’t believe it was $12 million!”
Balraj headed straight home. “I walked in the door and gave my son a big hug. I said, ‘I just won $12 million.’ He thought I was joking and asked to see the ticket. I told my wife and she didn’t believe me either. Next, we all checked the numbers online – several times. All of us were in complete shock!”
Balraj is planning to make a lifelong dream a reality with his windfall. “This prize will allow me to open my own business. I have worked as a chef most of my life, standing for long hours. Now, I can take it easy. I am also excited to travel the world with my family. Europe and Australia are at the top of my bucket list. This prize is life changing. Winning the lottery gives me the freedom to dream big!” concluded Balraj.
The winning ticket was purchased at LD Variety on Dundas Street in Toronto.
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