Guardian angel? St. Catharines woman scratches $250,000 lottery win on her late mother’s birthday


Published May 5, 2023 at 1:13 pm

Pennies from Heaven? More like many, many pennies. A St. Catharines woman was left wondering if she got some help from above after winning $250,000 on what would have been her late mother’s birthday.

Vivien Beale took the top prize with INSTANT CROSSWORD DELUXE, saying, “I scratched the ticket on what would have been my mom’s birthday. This win feels like a hug from her from beyond. I’m so thankful.”

Since this was her first-ever big win, the human resources worker had a hard time convincing her husband. “He told me to stop messing around, so I showed him my phone. He was elated!”

Beale was matching the words on her ticket and counted 10. “I figured I had made a mistake somewhere,” she recalled. “I grabbed my phone and scanned the ticket and saw Big Winner $250,000.”

In addition to investing for retirement, Vivien is planning a family getaway and a vacation with her husband. She wants to share her win with her family so that they can enjoy it with her.

The winning ticket was purchased at Avondale on Scott Street in St. Catharines.

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