A man from Toronto in Canada has finally come forward to claim the other half of a $60 million jackpot that was split between two ticket holders at the beginning of September.
Last month, a grandfather from Kitchener, Ontario, came forward to claim his half of the Canadian Lotto Max jackpot, and now Boris Coquerel from Toronto has claimed his $30 million. Mr Coquerel told lottery officials that he isn’t a regular player of the Lotto Max, but when he sees that the jackpot has jumped higher than usual he tries to get a ticket for the big money draws, just like an Irish lottery syndicate who recently won half of a €4.6 million Irish Lotto jackpot after an occasional purchase.
“Sometimes I ask my wife to pick up a ticket, or if I have a spare $5 bill I my pocket I will grab one,” he told officials at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming commission in Toronto downtown. This time, he picked up his own ticket from Smoker’s Kiosk on Dupont Street in the lead up to the lottery draw on September 16th, and that last minute decision proved to be a great pay off for him.
Not long ago another Toronto lottery player took home an entire $60 million Canadian Lotto Max prize, and Mr Coquerel told lottery officials that it took him a few weeks to claim his Lotto Max win because he decided with his wife that they would take some time to think about what they wanted to do with the winnings and get some legal advice. However, they admitted that they do have some ideas of what they want to spend it on.
“We will pay our mortgage and travel abroad to visit family,” Mr Coquerel told Lotto Max officials, just like a Welsh winner of the UK Lotto who planned to celebrate by travelling. “Plus, we are both foodies so we know some great international cuisine will be a significant part of our travel adventures.”
The Lotto millionaires added that they plan to keep their jobs for now, and they’ll decide on the future at a later date.
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