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‘Lots of fun decisions to make’: Trenton groundskeeper strikes it rich with ENCORE

Thomas Heale of Trenton won $100,000 with Encore. – Photo submitted by OLG

In a stroke of luck, Trenton resident Thomas Heale, a 53-year-old groundskeeper, emerged as the latest winner in the Jan. 3 LOTTO 6/49 draw, bagging a substantial $100,000 prize by matching the last six of seven ENCORE numbers in precise order.

A regular lottery player for the past decade, Heale revealed that he consistently opts for the ENCORE add-on.

“I was cleaning out my car when I checked my ticket on the OLG app,” Heale shared. “I saw ‘Big Winner’ and thought it was a mistake. After scanning it a third time, I was blown away.”

Navigating the surreal aftermath of his windfall, Heale acknowledged the mix of emotions.

“It’s been an exciting, surreal, and nervous experience. I’ve had a few sleepless nights from all the excitement.”

Contemplating his next steps, thewinner disclosed plans to invest in his future and hinted at the possibility of indulging in a new vehicle and fishing equipment for his boat.

“I have lots of fun decisions to make,” he remarked with a smile.

ENCORE, known for offering 22 ways to win, can be seamlessly integrated with most lottery games for an additional cost of $1, and boasts a daily draw.

The winning ticket was purchased at the Shoppers Drug Mart on Dundas Street in Trenton.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), emphasizing responsible gaming, remains committed to fostering a safe and enjoyable environment for players. Proudly leading the charge in promoting responsible gambling, OLG champions its globally recognized PlaySmart program.

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