Toronto, ONMarilyn Barbara of Mount Hope has always hoped and believed she could win the lottery. Her dreams came true after winning the top prize with INSTANT CASH FOR LIFE (Game #1172). Marilyn will be accepting the lump sum payment of $675,000.

“I have always imagined myself winning one day and usually play the draw games. I actually stopped playing for a while, but recently decided to start again and am very glad I did,” shared Marilyn while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up her winnings.

Marilyn purchased numerous tickets and went home to play. “When I scratched the winning ticket I couldn’t stop saying ‘I WON, I WON, I WON.’ My son wanted to know what was going on and all I could do was repeat myself. I tried to get a hold of my husband and when he finally picked up the phone I told him I had won CASH FOR LIFE.  He was in disbelief. I was so loud on the phone I think most people around my husband could hear me. Our win was out of the bag!”

After getting off the phone with her husband, Marilyn validated the ticket at the store and celebrated her winning moment with a hug from the team at Shoppers Drug Mart. “The head cashier was amazing. I enjoyed sharing my moment with her, another clerk and the manager, who all joined in the celebration!”

After facing challenging health issues over the years, this win comes as a relief for Marilyn and her family. “This win takes the pressure off not only me, but my husband who is tireless in providing for our family.”

A mother to three adult children, Marilyn is taking the opportunity to celebrate with them. “It’s a rare opportunity to travel with your kids when they are adults and we plan to do just that – maybe a family trip to Hawaii – that would be a dream come true.”

“Winning the lottery is amazing and surreal. I am immensely grateful,” she concluded. 

The winning ticket was purchased at Shoppers Drug Mart on Upper James Street in Hamilton.  

Winning the lottery is amazing and surreal. I am immensely grateful.

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