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These two Ontario friends have won the $70 million Lotto Max jackpot

Phil Tsekouras Multi-Platform Writer, CTV News Toronto

David Overall and Donna Williamson won the massive $70 million Lotto Max jackpot on Friday, July 31, after more than 10 years of group play. (Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation)

David Overall joked that he and friend Donna Williamson were just hoping to win $20 to continue their “short-term investment strategy” when they bought their winning ticket for last month’s Lotto Max draw.

“Donna actually used our last free play to get the ticket,” Overall, a 63-year-old from Oakville, Ont. who works in the grocery industry, said in a news release issued on Friday.

Williamson, a 60-year-old retired finance employee from Thornhill, Ont., explained that the pair has been playing the lottery as a group for the past 10 years and that it was her turn to buy a ticket that week.

“I considered buying a couple extra for my household, but I decided against it, because it only takes one ticket to win,” laughed Williamson.

“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!” Williamson added.

Following the draw on July 31, Williamson said she checked their numbers against those posted online.

She said she was celebrating with each matching number, but began to wonder if she was imagining things once she saw five matching numbers.

Williamson said she called Overall to tell him that they were the sole winners of the $70 million, to which he responded “get out!”

The pair says that the event “still doesn’t feel real,” with Williamson saying she is unsure how to process “something like this.”

“Of all the things that are on my list of major life events, winning the lottery was not one of them. It’s on a whole other level,” she said.

Looking to the future, Overall says he plans to take some time with his family to settle into their “new reality” before making any big decisions, though he admits that the purchase of a cottage may be in his future.

Similarly, Williamson says she hasn’t actually had a chance to think about the future too much, but explains that she wants to travel more when it’s safe.

According the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, this is only the second time in which a $70 million prize has been awarded in Ontario.

David Overall joked that he and friend Donna Williamson were just hoping to win $20 to continue their “short-term investment strategy” when they bought their winning ticket for last month’s Lotto Max draw.

Meet Brampton’s $70M man, winner of the largest lottery prize in Canadian history

A self-described “lucky guy” from Brampton has come forward as winner of largest lottery prize in Canadian history, the $70 million Lotto Max.

“I’m overwhelmed, excited, happy and shocked but mostly, I feel very, very blessed,” Adlin Lewis, 49, who works as a credit risk manager, said after accepting the prize on Tuesday.

It was just one day after the draw that Lewis found out he’d in fact won, the same morning the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) put out an alert to say the winner’s identity was still outstanding.

“While I was warming up my car, I scanned my ticket on the OLG Lottery App but I got an error message, so I tried again. And then I saw the words ‘Big Winner’ and the number 70!” he said. “I was shocked and wanted to confirm what I saw so I went online to see the winning numbers and one by one they matched!”

“I wanted to tell (my wife) in a special way — with a trip or something creative — but I couldn’t keep this news to myself, so I ended up waking her up in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday.”

Lotto Max raised the jackpot cap to $70 million last May, after a $60 million cap was set in 2015.

Adlin has been playing the lottery for the last 25 years and said he considers himself a lucky guy.

“A couple of years ago I won a car, and then more recently, I won both the first and second prizes in a workplace holiday draw,” he said. “When my colleagues found out that the winning $70 million Lotto Max ticket was sold in Brampton, they were joking at the office ‘Is Adlin here? Did Adlin call in sick today?’”

The $70 million ticket wasn’t the only jackpot ticket sold in Brampton that week. One ticket worth $1 million, and one worth just over $197,600, were also sold.

Adlin said he hopes to make some major investments following the win, and to find some time to travel with his wife. “We have a lot of options now,” he said.

“My wife has always wanted to try those VIP $100 slots in Las Vegas and now I can make that dream come true for her.”

The winning ticket was sold at George’s Convenience on Mississauga Road in Brampton. The odds of winning the main jackpot is about one in 33,294,800 per $5 play, according to the OLG.

Jan. 15, 2019 — Update: This story has been updated from a previously published version to add where the ticket was sold and what the odds are of winning the main jackpot.

Self-described “lucky guy” Adlin Lewis says he feels “very, very blessed” after his LottoMax ticket paid off. ]]>