Group of 18 – including three from Oshawa – share $2.8 million LOTTARIO jackpot


Published September 7, 2022 at 4:07 pm

A group of 18 from the Greater Toronto Area, including a half dozen from Durham Region and eight from Scarborough, won the ‘Ontario Jackpot’ of nearly $2.8 million in the March 12 LOTTARIO draw.

The group, which includes eight people from Scarborough, three from Oshawa, two from Pickering and Toronto and players from Ajax, North York and Markham, shared $2,762,848.20 in the draw.

The group members are:

Lee Donald of Markham (group leader); Arudchelvan Arampamoorthy, Carlton Morris, Ibraham Baiyat, Joseph Rasaiya, Kanalingam Shanmugam, Kurtis Charles, Mitra Bissoon and Mohammad Damra of Scarborough; Dervin Vassell, Ndukate Ntete and Scott McConnell of Oshawa; Raphael George and Shahram Dehghanpoor of Pickering; Felix Iyoha and Joseph Pereira of Toronto; Winston Jennings of Ajax; and Garfield Lowe of North York.

Donald, the group leader, says the group of friends has been playing the lottery together for 15 years. “I checked our ticket the day after the draw using the OLG App. I thought something was wrong with my phone – I was so shocked!” he shared while at the OLG Prize Centre.

The group members have various plans for their winnings, Donald added. “Some are investing their portion of the win while others plan to pay bills.”

Group member Scott McConnell of Oshawa represented the group in the attached photo.

OLG is booking in-person prize claim appointments at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto. We 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.

LOTTARIO launched in 1978 as Ontario’s first terminal lotto game. Tickets are $1 and the draws take place every Saturday. Tickets purchased before 10:30 p.m. on Fridays are eligible for the Early Bird draw. Visit the LOTTARIO page on for more information.

The winning ticket was purchased at Petro Canada on Major Mackenzie Drive in Markham.

Oshawa’s Scott McConnell represented a group of 18 players who won nearly $2.8 million in as recent LOTTARIO draw

indurham's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising