Ajax pals celebrate Diwali with $100,000 LOTTO MAX win

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Published October 26, 2022 at 1:20 pm

Saying “yes” to ENCORE paid off for Vikneswararajah (Vik) Amirthalingam and Paramsothy (Param) Kathirgamu of Ajax. The two friends matched the last six of seven ENCORE numbers in exact order in the September 27 LOTTO MAX draw to win $100,000.

Amirthalingam and Kathirgamu, who have been pals for ten years, have been playing the lottery together for about five months. Their favourite game to play is LOTTO MAX and they always say yes to ENCORE.

Vik is the one who discovered their win. “I used the Ticket Checker and saw Big Winner – $100,000. I was shocked and excited!” he said. “I immediately called Param and told him to come to the store because we won!”

“I ran straight to the gas station,” said Param. “I was so surprised. It’s a beautiful way to celebrate Diwali.”

Vik plans to share his win with his wife and make a donation to support his community. “I plan to share with my wife who is recovering from knee surgery,” said Param.

ENCORE offers 22 ways to win and can be played in conjunction with most lottery games for an extra $1. There is an ENCORE draw every day.

OLG is booking in-person prize claim appointments at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto and strongly encourage those with claims between $1,000 and $49,999.90 to submit them online or mail them in. Submitting claims online is fast and secure. Customers with prizes over $50,000 are asked to call 1-800-387-0098 to discuss available prize claim options.

The winning ticket was purchased at Pioneer Snack Express on Harwood Avenue in Ajax.

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