Big lotto win shuts down ticket machine, making Mississauga man happy

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Published August 2, 2023 at 4:10 pm

Canute Distin was “elated” to see the OLG ticket-checking machine at his local convenience store “shut down” as it checked his numbers.

It meant the 83-year-old Mississauga man had likely won big in the July 14 Lotto Max draw.

And indeed he did, to the tune of $100,000.

Distin’s Encore numbers matched the last six of seven winning numbers in exact order, making him a big winner.

“I was elated when I saw the machine shut down. I knew it would be a prize I’d like,” the retiree shared with a laugh while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to collect his winnings. “My wife was with me at the time, and we were both so happy.”

The Mississauga man says he’s been playing the lottery on and off for the past few years, and it’s not all about winning for him.

“I enjoy playing the lottery, but it was never just about winning,” he said. “I like seeing the money go back to the community.”

While looking forward to the added security the money will bring, Distin says he’s also happy to continue donating to charities.

“I feel very fortunate in life and see this win as good karma,” he said. “It came at just the right time.”

The winning ticket was purchased at Shoppers Drug Mart, on Burnhamthorpe Rd. in Mississauga.

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