Wednesday, July 17, 2024

‘In shock’: Belleville man wins big on scratch ticket

Andrew Gilchrist of Belleville won $100,000 on a scratch ticket. – Photo submitted by OLG

Andrew Gilchrist, a pipefitter from, Belleville, has played the lottery for over 40 years, and he finally won big.

“I was sipping on a coffee in my car, while playing my ticket,” Gilchrist recalled while visiting the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his winnings. “I did more than a double take. It was more like a quadruple take! I was surprisingly calm, yet in shock. I’m still not sure it has sunk in!”

Andrew first shared the news of his $100,000 win with his sister first.

“I teased her at first and tried to act cool. She answered with, ‘What’s going on? Did you win the lottery?’” he laughed.

Recounting his winning moment, Andrew says he got chills. “You always dream about winning and keep thinking maybe one day it will be you!”

Andrew plans to pay some bills and share his win with family. 

INSTANT POWER 5S is available for $5 and the top prize is $100,000. Odds of winning any prize are 1 in 2.98. Visit the INSTANT page on for more information on this and other great games. 

The winning ticket was purchased at Daisy Mart on Bridge Street in Belleville.

Information is taken from a media release from OLG.

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