After playing lotteries for nearly 25 years, Leonardo Piazza from Milton in Ontario, Canada, has finally had a big win but it could have been his wife who had the shock of her life. The lucky player won the $50,000 top prize in the Quest for Gold Crossword scratch card game.
Usually, Piazza, plays the Lotto Max and Lotto 6/49 with Encore but he also loves to play the occasional scratch card. He’d been waiting nearly 25 wins for the big win to come along. Some players do have to be patient for that massive windfall.
Mr Piazza went out and bought two scratch cards from the CNIB lottery kiosk in Walmart on Steeles Ave. in Milton. One was for himself and the other for his wife of 48 years. Both proved to be winners when they scratched off their cards when they got back home, though the one he gave to his wife only produced a $3 win.
Then it was the turn of Leonardo to scratch off his Quest for Gold Crossword scratch card. The couple knew it was a winner but weren’t sure just how much it was worth. That’s just like William Acosta from Connecticut, USA, who needed two looks to realize his Powerball ticket had won him $1m.
“I had to go to the store and use the ticket checker, and that is when I realized I won $50,000. I thought I was dreaming,” said the shocked Quest for Gold scratch card winner. “I am very happy,” he added.
It’s the latest big win in Ontario after Kevin Blair won $1 million playing the Lotto 6/49 draw. Also celebrating were a group of workers who landed a $367,156 Lotto Max prize earlier this year.
The father of six and grandfather of ten immediately got on the phone to tell them of his fantastic Quest for Gold Crossword scratch card win. “They didn’t believe me, so I sent them a picture of the ticket,” he said and then they finally realized he was telling the truth.
Leonardo is a retired carpenter and his win comes just weeks after English carpenter Aaron Fawden won £1m playing EuroMillions. The lucky winner says he will share most of his winnings with his children and some to pay off his truck. Truck drivers have had previous lottery success with a syndicate winning a $1m Powerball prize.
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