Oshawa social worker wins $1 million in Maxmillions draw – wants to open a foster home


Published October 20, 2021 at 4:49 pm

The LOTTO MAX odds have shone in favour of Shawnette Rowe of Oshawa, who had a winning ticket for a MAXMILLIONS prize worth $1 million from the September 14 LOTTO MAX draw.

She also won $20 on another one of her LOTTO MAX selections bringing her total winnings to $1,000,020.

Rowe, a 50-year-old social worker, said she was on her way into work one morning when she stopped at the store to check her ticket. “I was so excited – I was hugging everyone thinking I won $100,000,” she shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up her winnings.

“When I realized I won $1 million I started screaming! I was overwhelmed because I had to go into work – my job is very important.”

Rowe said the whole experience was so surreal. “I couldn’t believe it. I kept thinking to myself, ‘Oh my God is this real?’”

She plans to share some of her win with family and has another special plan for her win. “My dream is to open a foster home. I don’t think any child should be left behind. I’ll give them a place they can come to.”

LOTTO MAX players in Ontario have won over $6.5 billion since 2009, including 87 jackpot wins and 718 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 Park Retail on Kingston Road in Scarborough.

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