Adlin Lewis stopped by the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto Tuesday to claim his $70-million Lotto Max win – the biggest lottery prize in Canadian history.
The Brampton resident checked his ticket the morning after the historic draw. “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! 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!”
The 49-year-old credit risk manager from Brampton apparently ahs a well-placed horseshoe. He won a car a couple of years ago, as well as first and second prizes in a workplace draw.
Though Adlin knew he had a winning ticket, he still went to work and contemplated how to share the unbelievable news with his wife. “I wanted to tell her 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 and just telling her outright,” he laughed.
Adlin has played the lottery regularly for over twenty years and often purchases an extra ticket or two when the jackpot is high. “It’s funny – I won the record-breaking jackpot with a Free Play ticket!”
He says he’ll take a lot of trips with the windfall…and may try the $100 VIP slots in Las Vegas.