Dirkje McKay of St. Catharines can “Dream to the Max” after winning a $10 million LOTTO MAX jackpot in the June 19, 2020 draw. Dorothy matched all seven numbers to win the life-changing prize.
“I play my birthday numbers regularly, but I won the jackpot on a Free Play Quick Pick ticket,” laughed Dirkje, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up her cheque.
Dirkje discovered her big win with her best friend by her side. ‘We were in shock! We called my son-in-law and asked him to help double-check the numbers. I read the numbers out to him and the further along we got, the more emotional we all became. By the last number, we were all crying,” recalled the 69-year-old retiree.
A mother of three and grandmother of four, Dirkje says this windfall is overwhelming. “You always wish it to happen, but when it does, it hits hard. It’s been a wide range of emotions from joy to anxiety.”
Dirkje plans to buy her best friend a new car. “And I’ll buy a little home with my own washer-dryer and central air,” she smiled. “This win allows me to live a life that is focused on my comfort.”
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 MAX players in Ontario have won over $5.5 billion since 2009, including 75 jackpot wins and 603 MAXMILLIONS prizes, right across the province. LOTTO MAX is $5 per play and draws take place on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The winning ticket was purchased at Linwell Variety on Grantham Avenue in St. Catharines.