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Ontario man wins $70 million Lotto Max jackpot, checks ticket "a dozen" times

Mar 17, 2021, 11:39 am

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Great-grandparents will be able to fulfill their dreams after heartwarming win

By Kate Northrop

NOËLVILLE, Canada — After scanning their Lotto Max ticket several times on the Ontario Lottery's app, two lucky grandparents made an extra trip to a retailer to verify the numbers on their Lotto Max ticket actually won them the $70 million (US$56 million) jackpot.

Marc Meilleur and his wife, Dorothy-Ann, are dedicated lottery players whose commitment finally paid off to the tune of $70 million on Feb. 26, 2021. They each buy their own tickets and never miss a Lotto Max draw, with Marc using Quick Picks and Dorothy-Ann playing her numbers consisting of birthdays and anniversaries.

It was Marc's Quick Pick with the numbers 11, 17, 19, 22, 27, 31, and 40 that turned their world upside down. The 60-year-old retired mechanic scanned his tickets the morning after the draw using the Lottery's mobile app and saw "$70,000,000" pop up on the screen. Unconvinced, he checked the ticket over and over, at least four or five more times, only to get the same message.

"That's when I went to the bedroom to get Dorothy-Ann and tell her, 'I think I have the winning ticket,'" Marc recounted to the Lottery while collecting his prize. "But my wife thought I was joking, so I scanned the ticket again to show her the $70 million win on the screen."

Dorothy-Ann could not believe her eyes and proceeded to check the numbers in other ways, first calling the Lottery and then going online.

Even after verifying the winning number using three different methods, Marc and Dorothy-Ann just had to be sure, so they headed out to the Mayer Services Esso gas station on David North Street where Marc bought the ticket. Waiting until the other customers in the store left, they approached the owner, who is also a friend, and asked to validate their ticket one more time through the lottery terminal.

The whirlwind of events to follow were enough for reality to finally hit them.

Upon scanning the ticket, the lottery terminal played a "Winner" jingle and froze. Then, a Lottery representative called the store and asked to first speak with the retailer and then Marc.

"I started crying tears of joy," Dorothy-Ann told the Lottery with tears still in her eyes. "My mind was racing, and my hands were shaking, and I was wondering what to do next."

The grandparents first called up their daughter, who was initially worried that her mother's crying indicated bad news. After learning about the win, she was instantly relieved and overjoyed that quite the opposite was true. The winners texted their two sons next to share the unbelievable news.

According to the Lottery, the winners are settling into the reality that their good fortune will be able to change the lives of their family for many generations. With seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, they can be reassured that their loved ones will be well taken care of.

"As a parent, you want to provide the best for your children, and now we can take care of them without worry," Marc said. "We want them to be able to buy new homes and vehicles, but we also have a great team of financial advisors helping all of us set up the grandchildren and great-grandchildren for future success."

As for their long-term plans, the couple had mentioned that they love the natural beauty of the Sudbury region, so they want to purchase a new home there and remain in the area while dedicating their time and resources to supporting their community and helping various charities and institutions they feel close to.

Their top priority is buying a new truck and an RV, which they will use to tour Canada once it is safe to travel again.

"I am not a big fan of flying across the ocean, so I want to drive and see all of the country which I love," Marc explained. "Starting on the east coast, there are so many beautiful areas to discover all over this amazing country. I've only seen it on TV, and now me and my wife want to see all of Canada in person."

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Simpsonville
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Wonderful news.

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    Wonderful news, bordering on spectacular.

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      Congratulations on your windfall. Hoping it brings peace and

      Happiness to you and your family.

                                                   

                                                     "Slander becomes the tool of the loser when the debate is lost." - Socrates.

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        When are they going to go back to ball drops on the mich.state lotto 47 , I've never gone this long without a dime of returns , at least you use to watch the balls drop on tv and chance are its not rigged , the computer draws suck , its like playing black jack  string you along until its time not to and the computer kicks butt, I won't play any of that but enjoy real card games and this computer draw takes all the fun out of it for me , I spend over a $100 a month on the lotto and when they go back to a honest ball drop I'll play again , whole thing makes my butt pucker, not fair , if the covid shots work then get the <snip> lotto ball drops back on the Saginaw channel Sad Wavey

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          Simpsonville
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          When are they going to go back to ball drops on the mich.state lotto 47 , I've never gone this long without a dime of returns , at least you use to watch the balls drop on tv and chance are its not rigged , the computer draws suck , its like playing black jack  string you along until its time not to and the computer kicks butt, I won't play any of that but enjoy real card games and this computer draw takes all the fun out of it for me , I spend over a $100 a month on the lotto and when they go back to a honest ball drop I'll play again , whole thing makes my butt pucker, not fair , if the covid shots work then get the <snip> lotto ball drops back on the Saginaw channel Sad Wavey

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          Same here in Kentucky.   They used to do mechanical drawings, then with Covid-19 for Cashball 225, pick 3 & 4.  I doubt they'll ever return to the old ways.   In all fairness to the KLC, it is labor intensive and they had a newstory on it one day.   I smiled when Chip P. said 'We have a question here from our friend Jeffrey H' (me).  It showed how they have many sets of balls and all have to be weighed and have to be in very strict nanogram weight tolerance---even the paint throws the weight off.

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            Congratulations on your windfall. Hoping it brings peace and

            Happiness to you and your family.

            Very nice Maddog well stated, congrats to the lucky family.Cheers

            See Ya!

              CDanaT's avatar - Nolz june15.jpg
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              Outstanding win Marc & Dorothy-Ann!  Have some great adventures in the new RV...Same idea I have when I win, on traveling through numerous states and spending money right here in the good ole USA. Thumbs Up

              Safe travels and enjoy for decades to come !

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