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A lottery player from Paris has won top prize on the Canadian Lotto 649 game, but you’ll be surprised to learn that he’s not French.

Just like there’s a London in Canada and a Birmingham in Alabama, there’s also a Paris in Ontario, and a man from that very city has won a top prize on the Canadian Lotto 649 game, enough to send him to his city’s namesake! William Leenders, who in from Paris in the central Canadian province of Ontario where a record $60 million Lotto Max prize was claimed recently, won $119,021.90 on the Lotto 649 draw on November 18th, 2015, but he has only just collected his winnings from lottery headquarters in Toronto, taking his time just like Dino Salciccioli from Hamilton, Ontario, who took five months to claim his Lotto Max prize.

“I came across my ticket while cleaning out a dresser,” the lottery winner explained of his tardiness at claiming his Lotto 649 prize. “It was from November, so I figured I should probably check it!” Mr Leenders then took his ticket to his local store, but he forgot his glasses so he couldn’t see what the scanner was displaying.

“I couldn’t see what the screen said so when the store clerk validated it for me she kept repeating ‘You have a big winner!’” he laughed as he retold the story to lottery officials, just a few days after telling family and friends. Joining another big winning Ontario lottery couple, after telling his wife, the couple took a photo of the receipt and sent it to their children, who couldn’t have been happier for them. “Their response was, ‘You deserve it,’” the winner said.

The family already has big plans for their Lotto 649 windfall, with Mr Leenders telling lottery officials that the money will be spent on a new vehicle and a new home. “We’ll buy a new SUV so our dogs are more comfortable, and we’re getting ready to build a new home, so this will definitely help.”

Finally, the couple will celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary, which takes place next year, with a special trip away, just like another couple of Canadian lottery winners did when they won big on the Lotto Max.

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