Whitby mother-of-four wins $350,000-plus LOTTARIO jackpot


Published July 6, 2022 at 12:03 pm

Chiharu Ooka of Whitby won ‘Ontario’s jackpot’ – $356,461.60 i- n the June 11, LOTTARIO draw. She also won $4 on another one of her LOTTARIO selection, bringing her total winnings to $356,465.60.

Ooka, a 46-year-old mother, said she is a regular lottery player and always plays numbers comprised of significant family dates. “It was early one morning when I checked my ticket using the OLG App. I saw Big Winner and I was surprised,” she shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up her winnings. “I restarted the app to be sure and then checked the winning numbers on the OLG website.”

Ooka said this win is a blessing for her. “It feels amazing – I will use this to pay for education for myself, my husband and our children. And I’ll put some aside for a family vacation.”

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 OLG.ca for more information.

The winning ticket was purchased at Petro Canada on Dundas Street in Whitby.

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