Toronto, ON – Richard Joncas of Hamilton is experiencing a little bit of heaven after going ‘ALL IN’ to win the POKER LOTTO ALL IN jackpot worth $131,551.20. Richard also won $5,000 on the instant portion of his POKER LOTTO play bringing his total winnings to $136,551.20!
After joining a friend for coffee one day, Richard decided to pop into a local variety store to purchase a ticket. “I gave the clerk my money and was looking at something else when all of sudden she started saying ‘FIVE SPADES! YOU WON!’”, shared Richard while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto where he picked up his winnings. “At first, I only saw around $36 on the screen but when I moved over and saw the actual amount I was in complete shock!”
Realizing he won the lottery was an out-of-body experience for Richard. “I was in another world. After I spoke with OLG, I sat in my car for 20 minutes just trying to comprehend what happened.”
Telling his family about his big win was next for Richard. “I phoned my daughter first and left her a message. Then I called my brother. He was so happy for me! Speaking to him really calmed me down since my heart was racing. He reminded me of a previous conversation about getting a place in the country and making my dream a reality. My daughter called back and asked if I was joking. She was so excited and couldn’t be happier for me.”
A gift for his daughter and a dream car are in the plans for Richard’s windfall. “My daughter is getting married soon so she will be getting a very nice wedding gift. For myself, I’ve always wanted another 1965 corvette stingray. I had one when I was younger and regretted selling it to this day. With this prize I can now get my ride back!”
“Winning the lottery is the closest thing to heaven I will ever experience! This means a lot less stress for me and I can focus on being healthier in my every-day life,” he concluded.
The winning ticket was purchased at Goldie’s Variety on Mohawk Road in Hamilton.
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As of Sun, December 17 - 1:04AM ET