OLG has revealed the identity of Brampton, Ont. The man who was the lucky winner of the $70 million Lotto Max jackpot – Great results are achieved from the “Quick Selection” ticket.
54-year-old Manoharan Puntoray won the December 17, 2021 raffle, and although he is now a millionaire, the Ontario Lottery and Games Corporation said in a statement Friday, he doesn’t want to retire yet.
Ponnuthurai also said he won the jackpot from his Quick Pick ticket, not his own numbers that he sometimes plays.
He said he’s been playing the lottery for about 30 years. He said it was something he and his father enjoyed playing “to dream about what could be”.
Lotto Max winning ticket purchase worth $70 million in Brampton, Ontario.
“I started checking my numbers,” Ponothorai said. “The numbers were matching one by one and by number four, I knew I had won something. That’s when I started shivering and called my wife and kids to help me check. As every number matched up, my heart was racing faster and faster.”
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He said he double-checked the numbers on the OLG app and watched the “big winner” appear on his phone.
“At that very moment I was still shivering but I wasn’t out loud. I was in shock and kept saying softly, ‘I won. I won!'”
A $70 million Lotto Max jackpot ticket sold in Brampton, Ont.
Ponnuthurai said he will not retire immediately because he is running a small manufacturing company with many people who depend on him for jobs. However, his wife is retiring and planning to go back to school.
He said he also plans to travel with family when it is safe to do so, specifically to Europe around the Mediterranean. He also wants to give back to his community.
The winning ticket was purchased at Circle K on Torbram Road and Countryside Drive in Brampton, OLG says.
The winning numbers in this draw were 09, 14, 16, 33, 39, 46, 49 + bonus 38.
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