York Region military veteran claims $ 65 million Lotto Max jackpot – .

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York Region military veteran claims $ 65 million Lotto Max jackpot – .


A York Region resident and 14-year Canadian Armed Forces veteran claimed the $ 65 million Lotto Max jackpot on Thursday.

Jansen Ng of East Gwillimbury received his life-changing award outside the Steam Whistle brewery, revealing he was nearly homeless following a traumatic brain injury that forced him to retire of the Army.

On July 6, the 41-year-old was playing Pokemon Go when he noticed a gas station nearby. At 10:30 p.m., he decides to buy a ticket.

“Sometimes you just have to play,” he said. “You don’t win if you don’t play, do you. “

A few days later he went to the station and scanned his tickets, but had issues with a couple, so he walked over to the retailer who joked that he must have broken the machine because ‘he had won the jackpot.

He didn’t know it, he knew it.

Describing himself as “spiritual,” Ng said he viewed his victory as a gift from God. “I’ve just been assigned to take care of it for a little while. “

The first person he told about the jackpot was his pastor, he said, admitting his parents had yet to hear of his local fame. “We usually watch the news together, so it’s going to be fun to see it on me on TV,” he said.

Ng said he didn’t want the money to change him and insisted, “I’ll always be the guy who cuts his hair. He added that his first priority will be paying his credit card bills, which have piled up throughout the pandemic.

Beyond that, Ng says he wants to support nonprofits, as well as military personnel like himself who have suffered serious injuries.

He also said he often volunteers with Canadian Blood Services.

“It speaks to my heart,” he said.

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