For Pelham retiree, a $100,000 lottery jackpot earned him a big kiss


Published March 1, 2023 at 12:15 pm

If a Pelham retiree had to pinch himself, it was only to make sure he wasn’t dreaming his $100,000 lottery win.

Joseph Karolyi, 69, of Fenwick matched the last six of seven ENCORE numbers in exact order in the Jan. 21 LOTTO 6/49 draw to score the big win.

“I buy lottery tickets every Monday and Friday. When I gave this ticket to the cashier, the machine froze and made a noise I never heard before,” he shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his windfall.

“When I saw I won $100,000 I couldn’t believe it. It was like a dream – so surreal!”

Karolyi said the win didn’t quite sink in until he went home and told his wife. “She looked at me with tears in her eyes and gave me a big hug and kiss.”

“My wife had a dream about winning a few months ago. She woke me up and said, ‘You won’t believe what my dream was about,’” he said.

He plans to invest and help his daughter, who is his priority. “I feel very blessed,” Joseph concluded.

The winning ticket was purchased at Avondale on Canboro Road in Fenwick.

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