In October 2008 Jason Rinaldi from the Durham region of Canada in Southern Ontario won a $35.3m Lotto 6/49 jackpot. Since then his life has changed immensely, he’s had lots of tattoos and he’s helped many charities.
Rinaldi was 28 when he won the Lotto 6/49 jackpot. He pledged to buy a brand new 2009 Corvette with his winnings and go to Las Vegas, which is where Richard Heath from New York went after winning $1m on a $1,000 A Week For Life scratch card.
Rinaldi never did go to Las Vegas, instead he’s had several trips to the Caribbean, particularly the Cayman Islands, sometimes taking his mum with him. That’s just what £100,000 National Lottery Magenta scratchcard winner David Godfrey did. Jefremar and Lucille Estoque went to Hawaii after their $100,000 Lotto Max windfall.
On each of his travels, the Lotto 6/49 winner gets a tattoo, so he has plenty of those now. He didn’t plan on quitting his hot rod business but had to when people discovered its address and that of his condo leading to him selling them and going back to live with his mother.
He now owns a house that is the home of his mother and one of his sisters and houses his Vintage Steel & Market hot rod shop. It’s next to his own residence that has 18 acres with luxuries including a bar, basketball court, movie theatre, a games room and an arcade. English couple Jill and Steve Walsh won £1m playing EuroMillions and their new home has a pub.
The Lotto 6/49 jackpot winner sought help from financial advisers and an accountant and admits he doesn’t do “anything crazy” with his money. He’s sponsored charity golf and volleyball tournaments and donated to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology where an engineering room is named after his late father. “When you have more money, there is that obligation of taking care of others, by your choice,” he says.
A recent survey of Swedish Lottery winners shows their wins lead to more satisfying lives. That seems to be the case for this Lotto 6/49 jackpot winner. “I feel the best I’ve ever felt, mentally and physically. I don’t look the best, but I’m still working on that part,” he says, laughing. His advice to lottery winners is “Just try to be kind, that’s all now. I think that should be everyone’s motto.”
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