Barrie resident wins $100,000 with Instant Wild Card

"I won on the first line and was shocked and thought is this a joke or what?”

courtesy of the OLG

Mario Gurango of Barrie is $100,000 richer after winning the top prize with INSTANT WILD CARD.

Mario, a 74-year-old grandfather, said he played this ticket on a whim. “I randomly chose this ticket instead of purchasing my usual INSTANT CROSSWORD,” he shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his winnings. “When I played my ticket, I realized I won on the first line and was shocked and thought is this a joke or what?”

Mario said he had a friend double-check his ticket using the OLG App. “She confirmed it and said, ‘Yes, you’re a winner!’ It’s unbelievable, I couldn’t sleep that night. I was so excited!”

He plans to share his win with his children, pay some bills and save some for travel.

OLG is currently booking in-person prize claim appointments at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto only for those claims that require a face-to-face interview. Customers with prizes over $50,000 are asked to call 1-800-387-0098 to discuss available prize claim options. Prize claims up to $49,999.90 should continue to be submitted by mail. The health and safety of our customers and employees remains our top priority and OLG looks forward to providing future updates on the further availability of in-person prize claims.

INSTANT WILD CARD is available for $5 and the top prize is $100,000. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 4.04. Visit the INSTANT page on OLG.ca for more information on this and other great games.

The winning ticket was purchased at Anne Street Variety on Anne Street in Barrie.

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