OLG paying out in Simcoe County; two locals win big in separate draws

Oro Medonte and Cookstown residents raking in millions

It’s a good thing for two local residents the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has reopened its Prize Centre in Toronto.

Genevieve Rogers was the first to win big. The Oro Medonte resident matched all seven numbers on the May 5 Lotto Max draw to win $6.5 million. She and her husband have since retired and purchased their dream home. “We can’t wait to celebrate our win with a family spa day and enjoy the rest of our lives.”

When Rugero Cristiano of Cookstown won the Daily Grand top prize in the March 30 draw, instead of taking $1,000 a day for life, he opted for a lump sum prize of $7 million. “It is a blessing to know that my kids and family are taken care of,” the father of three smiled.

The OLG recently reopened its Toronto Prize Centre to allow winners to collect their cheque in person. The Prize Centre is available by appointment only to those who have won $50,000 or more and have been unable to collect their winnings due to the COVID-19 shutdown order from the province. Those who are able to collect their prizes are first screened and urged to maintain safe physical distance.