It’s often a good idea to try something new and that’s what Charles Caron from Windsor in Ontario, Canada, did when his wife Lauri bought him his very first scratchcard as a wedding anniversary present. The scratchcard won them the game’s top prize.
The lucky couple have opted to receive their Set For Life win as a one-off lump sum payment of $675,000. Scratchcards as presents have had big wins before. In Maryland, USA, Walker Bazemore had a $30,000 win on a scratchcard brought for him by his sister as a birthday present.
Lauri is a regular player of lottery games and uses the same numbers every week. A lottery player in South Carolina, USA, did that for seven years before scooping a $2m Powerball prize.
Her husband restricts himself to just playing the Lotto Max draw hoping to get a big win just as Joan Patterson, also from Ontario did when winning a $60m Lotto Max jackpot. Also celebrating a big win in Ontario was Marilyn Pidlaoan after she won a $18.3m Lotto 6/49 top prize.
This was the first time that he’d ever played a scratchcard but perhaps now he wishes he’d been trying his luck on the Set For Life scratchcard before. When the 60-year-old retired automotive industry worker played the Set For Life scratchcard, he noticed that there were three ‘Life’ symbols but being new to the game had no idea what that meant.
He showed his wife the Set For Life scratchcard and she said ‘You’ve got to be kidding me!”. Lauri, 54, who works as a registered nurse, knew right away that the Set For Life scratchcard was a big winner. “It feels surreal. We all dream about winning but we don’t ever expect it to happen. It’s a fantasy that’s come true!” she said. There’s no word if she’s going to retire which is just what Alfred Ayotte from Western Ontario did after his $1.1m Lotto 6/49 windfall. It’s the latest win in Windsor after Nicholas Dzudz won $209,183 playing the Lotto Max lottery.
The Set For Life winners already have plans on how to spend their windfall. They include paying some bills and remodelling their house. Other plans include exploring Arizona in the USA on their motorcycles. “This win gives us the freedom to go south for the winter,” said Lauri. The winning ticket was purchased at Wings Variety on Totten Street in Windsor.
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