Omemee Man Takes home $2.5 Million on Lottery Ticket Draw


A man hailing from Omemee, Ontario cannot thank the store cashier enough who suggested that he try his luck in a different lottery game. After all, following his advice allowed him to win a whopping $2.5 million that he wouldn’t have otherwise. The OLG disclosed that 72-year-old Wayne Best had taken home a prize worth $2,529,857.80 in the Lottario draw on May 15th. He also won $5 on an Encore ticket, so his total winnings amounted to $2,529,862.80. 

Best spoke at the OLG prize center in Toronto and said that he plays the lottery regularly. As a matter of fact, this is not his first win, as he had also claimed a prize of $8,000 almost 25 years ago. He had bought the winning ticket on Queen Mary Street at Mount Pleasant Convenience in Cavan. He revealed that he didn’t play the Lottario, but it was the cashier who suggested that he give it a try. 

When the father of two discovered he had won the prize, he shared the emotional news with his son and wife. He disclosed that his wife had been screaming with joy and he had asked his son to come over. Best is planning to share his prize with his loved ones, buy a car, finish some home renovations and invest the rest. The price of a Lottario ticket is just $1 and drawings are conducted every Saturday. This is the second major lottery win this month in the City of Kawartha Lakes. On May 22nd, a winning ticket that was bought somewhere in the region will split the Lotto 6/49 jackpot worth $9 million. However, the winner hasn’t yet claimed the prize. 

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