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Monday April 11th, 2016

Posted at 4:22pm

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After picking the same number combination for over 30 years, Alfred Ayotte of Essex is claiming a big prize. Alfred had one of eight winning tickets from the LOTTO 6/49 $13 million jackpot draw on Wednesday April 6th, 2016. His share of the win adds up to $1,623,148.30! The other winning tickets were sold in the Brampton area, Toronto, Windsor, Quebec and Western Canada.

“I always pick the same numbers, regardless of the game I play,” explained Alfred while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto where he picked up his winnings. “I decided to walk to the store on my lunch break to check my numbers.”

Alfred scanned his ticket in the ticket checker. “I didn’t have my glasses with me so the numbers on the screen looked blurry. All I could see was the number one and a comma. I asked the retailer to check my ticket and she thought I won $1,600.”

When the validation ticket was printed, the 62-year-old healthcare worker realized the win was much higher. “Turns out I won one million dollars!”

Alfred shared the good news with his wife. “She told me, ‘Now you can retire.’ I called my boss to say I won’t be returning that day and that I was on my way to pick up my $1.6 million cheque in Toronto.”

The father of two is planning to take a vacation, pay off his mortgage and purchase a new car. “Winning the lottery is unbelievable. Now I will be able to retire early,” concluded Alfred.

The winning ticket was purchased at Mac’s on Matchette Road in Windsor.

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