$1M lottery winner from Mississauga almost unable to drive home to share big news


Published June 26, 2024 at 2:38 pm

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Piara Batth was so overcome by his recent good fortune that, for a moment, he was unable to drive his car.

After quickly gathering himself, though, the Mississauga man drove home and told his son and daughter that his May 14 Lotto Max Encore ticket was worth a top prize of $1 million. All seven of the ticket’s Encore numbers matched the winning digits in exact order.

“I used the ticket checker while I was at the store and couldn’t believe it when I saw all the zeros,” Batth recalled while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his winnings.

“I can’t explain the emotions I felt in the moment. I ran out to my car, but couldn’t drive,” he added, laughing.

Batth, who’s retired and has been playing the lottery for 15 years, said Lotto Max is his ticket of choice and he always plays the Encore numbers as well.

After collecting himself in the moments after learning his ticket was a big winner, the Mississauga man drove home and shared the good news with his family.

“When I got home, I told my son and daughter and asked them to confirm the number of zeros I was seeing,” he said, adding with a smile, “my son was in full denial.”

Batth said he plans to pay off his mortgage and travel in the wake of his significant win.

The winning ticket was purchased at Pearson Mart, on Vanguard Drive in Mississauga.

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