Burlington man wins more than half-a-million playing Lightning Lotto, shopping spree in his future


Published January 14, 2022 at 1:49 pm

A Burlington man won more than half-a-million dollars playing Lightning Lotto just after Christmas.

James Howard won the jackpot of $591,585, which had grown from its starting total of $125,000, after deciding to play the game on a whim.

He originally went to the store to purchase a Lotto Max ticket, but when he saw the Lightning Lotto jackpot was over $500,000, he decided to give it a shot.

“I was just about to leave the store and the clerk became very excited. I had no idea what happened. The customer behind me understood faster than I did,” he said.

Howard admitted he couldn’t recall the following events of the day from being in a state of daze and shock.

“I had a giant grin on my face when I got home, and my kids asked me what was going on. I told them at 2:30 p.m., ‘Come on, we’re going out for dinner!’”

He plans to pay some bills, take his kids on a shopping spree, and plan for future travel.

The winning ticket was purchased at Variety Plus on Dundas Street in Burlington.

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