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Toronto teacher claims $21.4M lottery jackpot

Sep 29, 2011, 8:24 am

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Winning Lotto Max ticket was sitting on his fridge for months

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A Toronto-area high school wood shop and technology teacher played hooky Tuesday to pick up his $21.4 million Lotto Max jackpot.

"I called in sick today — surprise! I'm not sick," said Craig Henshaw, 42, smiling as cameras recorded his check presentation at the offices of Ontario Lottery and Gaming.

All kidding aside, Henshaw says he loves teaching so much he's just going to take a temporary break while he vacations somewhere warm with his parents and digests his good fortune.

He had bought the July 8 ticket at a Shell gas bar on Dupont St. in Toronto, put it on his fridge and took off for a summer vacation with his girlfriend, backpacking in Europe and "counting my pennies," oblivious to the fact he had millions of dollars waiting for him at home.

It wasn't until Henshaw was back teaching at school that he decided to check a stack of tickets at a grocery store. At first he thought he'd won $21,000 and that made him pretty happy. Then he talked on the phone with an OLG spokesman who said, no, it was $21 million. Henshaw dropped the phone.

"I was frozen. I couldn't believe it," says Henshaw, who has been buying tickets for years and always goes with quick picks.

His groceries forgotten, he rushed home to tell his parents and girlfriend of two years, an accountant in Florida. He intends to take her back to Europe soon, in style this time, and also foresees a wedding coming up — "something small, intimate and relatively classy."

Henshaw plans to set up education funds for his two young nieces and nephew.

Then he'll be paying off the loan on his reliable Jetta — nothing fancy planned to replace it. "It gets 1,000 kilometres a tank. I'm going to keep it!"

Although Henshaw plans to take some time off teaching, he figures he'll eventually go back because "I love what I do for a living."

But the Lotto win might also buy him time to fulfill a dream — writing an adventure novel for boys, he told reporters at the news conference also attended by his parents, Don and Sharon Henshaw.

When he first heard that Craig won the money, Don Henshaw had a similar, slippery-fingered reaction to the news as his son. "I dropped the saw I was holding," he said.

Fortune smiled on this Henshaw as well and no one was hurt.

Toronto Star, CBC

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Congrats Mr. Henshaw, enjoy your good fortune.Cheers

Happy Thanksgiving ! Turkey

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    I don't think I'da left the ticket there but whatever works. Coulda been one lucky burglar if he'da picked that time to break in.

    He looks like a good sized ol' boy and I don't know why he'd wanna stay in that little Jetta when he could be ridin' in something with a lotta room.

    I wish him luck and I hope he don't marry no crabby wimmins cuz he could be havin a good ol' time with all that money with wimmins that pretend not to be crabby.   

     

    "He had bought the July 8 ticket at a Shell gas bar"

    You can get gas at the bar up there now?

    Now there's an idea whose time has come.

    Hope we get gas bars down here.

    I could tell  Sugarbritches I'm goin out to get some gas.

    Then get hammered and take a cab home.

    And have an excuse to go back the next day to get my truck.

    Then do it all over again.


                                                 
                         
                                             

     

     

     

     

                                                                                                       

    "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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      Congrats to Craig Henshaw! Cheers ....... just not sure what a gas bar is though ?

      Still waiting for my story to be on Lottery Post ! Dance


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                                    Type  I  HOPE IA'M NEXT~ Hurray!

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          Congrats to Mr. Henshaw,he has a great personality. Friday i will be next!Dance

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            Congrats to Mr. Henshaw,he has a great personality. Friday i will be next!Dance

            the old stack of lotto tickets on the fridge trick eh? Big Grin

            will have to try this one again for this friday's $40M White Bounce

            "You have to be in it to win it!"

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              Congrats,Mr.Henshaw.DanceHyperParty

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                Ticket for Friday's Mega Ball is NOT on the fridge !  Sun Smiley

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                  Congratulations on your big, non-taxed lottery jackpot win! 

                  I'm enjoying your excitement, exuberance, and thoughts in this video!Hippy

                  Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!

                  Disney

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                    Congrats Mr. Henshaw.

                    A big win for a big hearted guy..!      Enjoy...!

                                                                 

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                      Awesome story. I can't wait until I win.

                      It started from a dream....

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                        I don't think I'da left the ticket there but whatever works. Coulda been one lucky burglar if he'da picked that time to break in.

                        He looks like a good sized ol' boy and I don't know why he'd wanna stay in that little Jetta when he could be ridin' in something with a lotta room.

                        I wish him luck and I hope he don't marry no crabby wimmins cuz he could be havin a good ol' time with all that money with wimmins that pretend not to be crabby.   

                         

                        "He had bought the July 8 ticket at a Shell gas bar"

                        You can get gas at the bar up there now?

                        Now there's an idea whose time has come.

                        Hope we get gas bars down here.

                        I could tell  Sugarbritches I'm goin out to get some gas.

                        Then get hammered and take a cab home.

                        And have an excuse to go back the next day to get my truck.

                        Then do it all over again.

                        Lol thanks Ridge, you just made me burst out laughing at work, and my co-workers just gave me the strangest looks. Funny that none of them know about this site, seeing as how several of 'em are in a lottery pool. Not me though, I've been turned off from pools due to reading about all these lawsuits and friends/families becoming enemies. Anyway, it's Friday! Megamillions, wild salmon and Southern Comfort! Good luck y'all!

                        While the value of a dollar is substantial, hope is priceless. But if you ain't got a dollar, then it's hopeless.

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                          This is a nice story.

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                            Lol thanks Ridge, you just made me burst out laughing at work, and my co-workers just gave me the strangest looks. Funny that none of them know about this site, seeing as how several of 'em are in a lottery pool. Not me though, I've been turned off from pools due to reading about all these lawsuits and friends/families becoming enemies. Anyway, it's Friday! Megamillions, wild salmon and Southern Comfort! Good luck y'all!

                            Yeah, I stay away from pools too.

                            You can hardly trust the people you're in with if you're not good friends or related and then you got scammers coming after you when you win anyway saying they were supposed to be in it too.


                                                                         
                                                 
                                                                     

                             

                             

                             

                             

                                                                                                                               

                            "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                                        --Edmund Burke