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$14M lottery winner promises big tip

Canada 6/49Canada 6/49: $14M lottery winner promises big tip

TORONTO — For a guy who just won $14.8 million, you'd think Jorma Hogbacka would be a little more excited.

But standing in front of reporters yesterday at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's prize office, Hogbacka said he wasn't surprised because it was in the stars.

"Four years ago, (a psychic) sent me a letter that said 'You'll be rich beyond your wildest dream'," he said. "It feels like another day, except I have a big check."

A semi-retired welder, Hogbacka, 60, of St. Catharines, was one of three winners of Saturday's 6/49 $44.4 million prize — the third largest jackpot in Canadian history. Two other $14.8 million tickets purchased in the GTA have not yet been claimed.

Hogbacka, a lotto player for 25 years, said he's going to give $30,000 to five female ex-employees of Tim Horton's from his hometown, just for getting his coffee orders right.

"I promised them, but do you think they believed me?" he said.

Hogbacka said he's going to take some time to travel and maybe spend a bit on a new car. He also plans on helping out his two sisters in Parry Sound and Huntsville.

Hogback's brother-in-law, Jarma Kokko, 58, said he got a call from him yesterday telling him about the win and that he needed a ride to Toronto.

"He's been saying this for 20 years — that he's going to win one day — and it happened."

Jorma Hogbacka, 60, shows off his happy dance at OLG headquarters yesterday.
Jorma Hogbacka, 60, shows off his happy dance at OLG headquarters yesterday.

Thanks for ThatScaryChick for the tip.

Toronto Sun

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beaudad's avatar - animaniacs26
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Posted: January 29, 2009, 10:15 am - IP Logged

For a guy who just won $14.8 million, you'd think Jorma Hogbacka would be a little more excited.

But standing in front of reporters yesterday at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's prize office, Hogbacka said he wasn't surprised because it was in the stars.

"Four years ago, (a psychic) sent me a letter that said 'You'll be rich beyond your wildest dream'," he said. "It feels like another day, except I have a big check."

A semi-retired welder, Hogbacka, 60, of St. Catharines, was one of three winners of Saturday's 6/49 $44.4 million prize — the third largest jackpot in Canadian history. Two other $14.8 million tickets purchased in the GTA have not yet been claimed.

Hogbacka, a lotto player for 25 years, said he's going to give $30,000 to five female ex-employees of Tim Horton's from his hometown, just for getting his coffee orders right.

"I promised them, but do you think they believed me?" he said.

Hogbacka said he's going to take some time to travel and maybe spend a bit on a new car. He also plans on helping out his two sisters in Parry Sound and Huntsville.

Hogback's brother-in-law, Jarma Kokko, 58, said he got a call from him yesterday telling him about the win and that he needed a ride to Toronto.

"He's been saying this for 20 years — that he's going to win one day — and it happened."

Jorma Hogbacka, 60, shows off his happy dance at OLG headquarters yesterday.
Jorma Hogbacka, 60, shows off his happy dance at OLG headquarters yesterday.

Thanks for ThatScaryChick for the tip.

any guy that would give someone at tim horton's a tip...........I am just like him..........when they get my order right at Horton's, McDonalds, Burger King........yep I feel like doing the happy dance too!!!!!!!!!.....beaudad.......

    ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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    Posted: January 29, 2009, 11:42 am - IP Logged

    That's very generous of him to give those employees a tip. I bet they weren't expecting that.

    "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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      Posted: January 29, 2009, 2:09 pm - IP Logged

      Hogbacka, a lotto player for 25 years, said he's going to give $30,000 to five female ex-employees of Tim Horton's from his hometown, just for getting his coffee orders right.

      If he's still getting his coffee at Tim Horton's, I wonder if the present female employees are expecting anything.

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
         
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        Bondi Junction
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        Posted: January 29, 2009, 8:08 pm - IP Logged

        I'm happy for him, and I hope he doesn't squander it away. I wonder why he went public, are Canadian lottery winners required to accept publicity? In Australia and the UK, other Commonwealth countries, winners are allowed to remain anonymous and the the vast majority do.

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          Posted: January 29, 2009, 9:49 pm - IP Logged

          Hogbacka, a lotto player for 25 years, said he's going to give $30,000 to five female ex-employees of Tim Horton's from his hometown, just for getting his coffee orders right.

          If he's still getting his coffee at Tim Horton's, I wonder if the present female employees are expecting anything.

          No doubt, tips that exceed the cost of the coffee.

          Any guesses on how long it takes for female ex-employee #6 to show up? Roll Eyes

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            Posted: January 29, 2009, 10:45 pm - IP Logged

            I like this quote.

            "It feels like another day, except I have a big check."

            I hope to repeat it someday.

              Bondi Junction
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              Posted: January 29, 2009, 11:09 pm - IP Logged

              I read this on the Sun, the joys of publicity!

              Discretion is the better part of valor, Jorma 

               

               

              The Garden City resident, a single 60-year-old semi-retired welder, vowed Monday to keep a promise made long ago to give $30,000 each to the fab five, whom he hadn't seen in a few years.

              Trouble is, there's more than five potential Jorma "girls" out there.

              There's a least a baker's dozen of current and former employees who think they might be one of the lucky ones.  Who should be shown the money is nowhere near as clear-cut as a Timmy's biscuit.

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                Posted: January 30, 2009, 2:28 am - IP Logged

                The story doesn't mention taxes, are Canadians taxed on lottery winnings?

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                  Posted: January 30, 2009, 2:34 am - IP Logged

                  The story doesn't mention taxes, are Canadians taxed on lottery winnings?

                  Nope. Canadians get the full amount tax-free.

                  "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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                    Posted: January 30, 2009, 5:33 pm - IP Logged

                    Nope. Canadians get the full amount tax-free.

                    That's because Canada rapes every working stiff up there through the income taxes...hey, health care for all comes at a price.  So if I was a lucky Canadian stiff who won the Canada lottery, I would collect my winnings and move south (not because of taxes but just to get away from all that cold and snowy weather).

                    Get MONEY!!! Winning a JACKPOT lottery is all the HOPE and CHANGE I desire!!!  NOW give me MONEY!US Flag

                    The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

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                      Posted: January 30, 2009, 6:05 pm - IP Logged

                      I like this quote.

                      "It feels like another day, except I have a big check."

                      I hope to repeat it someday.

                      Same here!  Smiley   Even something like "I'm still a miserable old hag, but I'm a rich & miserable old hag!"  LOL

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                        Posted: February 4, 2009, 3:34 am - IP Logged

                        Seems like a nice guy, I just hope he doesn't pull a Jack with his money.

                        Giving the tips away is one thing. Announcing it to the public and alerting every shark of your generousity... is another.

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                          Same here!  Smiley   Even something like "I'm still a miserable old hag, but I'm a rich & miserable old hag!"  LOL

                          It's like that that saying: "I'd rather be rich and unhappy then poor and unhappy." or something like that.

                          "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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                            Posted: February 10, 2009, 11:21 am - IP Logged

                            It's like that that saying: "I'd rather be rich and unhappy then poor and unhappy." or something like that.

                            Big Grin I've used that or something similar a few times myself and to me it's completely true.

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