He loaded his family into a hired coach to make the 10 hour drive to claim his prize in Toronto.
The full text of a press release issued today by OLG follows:
James Wickman of Hearst loaded 24 members of his family onto a rental coach and drove for almost 10 hours to the OLG Price Center in Toronto. He was thrilled and eager to claim his massive jackpot of $ 65 million in the Lotto Max draw on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
“The last time I won a grand prize was in 1972 – $ 5,000 in a gas station contest,” the 67-year-old retired electrical contractor recalls. “Back then, $ 5,000 was a lot of money, but nothing compared to a jackpot of $ 65 million. Wow!
James was in his vehicle when he heard on the radio that there was a winning ticket being sold in the Timiskaming / Cochrane area for the $ 65 million Lotto Max draw and thought to himself, “I might be. -be that winner.
He rushed home to verify his ticket using the OLG Lottery app and saw a message saying he had won $ 65 million.
“I showed my wife the message on the app, but she couldn’t believe it and thought it was a mistake,” James said. “So I went to the store to have the ticket verified through the lottery terminal and that’s where all the bells and whistles rang!”
James’s daughter, one of his four grown children, was at the store with him when he received confirmation of his victory. She was upset and called the rest of her siblings to share the very good news with them.
James is a regular lottery player, buying one or two tickets a week. “I always ask the retailer for Quick Pick numbers and that’s what got me the jackpot,” he smiles.
Regarding the plans for this life-changing windfall, James says he now has a team of advisers to help him with this monumental task. He is sure he wants to share the winnings with his four children and will set up trust funds for his 11 (soon to be 12) grandchildren.
“I want to make sure I prepare them well for the rest of their lives. He then joked, “But I still don’t know what I’m going to do with the $ 64 million left!” “
Since its launch in September 2009, Ontario Lotto Max players have won over $ 5.7 billion, including 77 jackpots and 611 MaxMillions prizes, across the province.
Lotto Max draws take place twice a week – Tuesdays and Fridays. For each $ 5 game, players are given three sets of seven numbers ranging from one to fifty. Players must match all seven numbers, in any set, to win the jackpot or the MaxMillions prizes.
The winning ticket was purchased at the Canadian Tire gas bar on Front Street in Hearst.