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Retired St. Catharines transit driver lucky winner of $1M lottery

The St. Catharines man has been playing the lottery regularly for 31 years
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Richard Porter of St. Catharines has that “6/49 feeling” after winning the guaranteed $1 million prize in the April 4, 2020 Lotto 6/49 draw.
 
Richard has been playing the lottery regularly for 31 years. The retired transit driver and father of two checked his ticket using the Ticket Checker at the store. "The words 'Big Winner' appeared on the screen and I was happy to share the moment with my wife," he shared, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque.
 
The 63-year-old plans to live mortgage-free and help out his daughter who was laid off due to COVID-19. "We will also make some donations to animal protection groups and foster and adopt more dogs," he said.
 
"Our family can't believe it. They are so happy for us," Richard concluded.
 
The OLG Prize Centre in Toronto has resumed in-person prize claims for winning-ticket holders of $50,000 or more by-appointment only. To best protect customers and staff, OLG has put in place appropriate health and safety protocols in accordance with guidelines from public health officials, which include physical distancing measures, the mandatory use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the pre-screening of visitors before granting entry.

Currently, OLG is reaching out to major prize winners ($50,000+) who have been unable to claim their prizes due to COVID-19 to schedule appointments for in-person prize claims. Future announcements will be made as to when OLG will open appointments to others wishing to claim their prize in-person at the Prize Centre.
 
Lotto 6/49 players in Ontario have won over $13 billion in prizes since 1982, including 1,392 jackpot wins and 335 Guaranteed $1 Million Prize draws. Lotto 6/49 is $3 per play and draws take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
 
The winning ticket was purchased at Westoak Convenience on Westoak Trails Boulevard in Oakville.

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