‘Life is too short:’ Hamilton chef wins $91,205 with Instant Top Up lotto game; his second big win

Published August 4, 2022 at 2:21 pm

A 55-year-old Hamilton chef won $91,205.10 playing Instant Top Up from Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG). It's the second big win for John Mekho.

A 55-year-old Hamilton chef won $91,205.10 playing Instant Top Up from Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG).

It’s the second big win for John Mekho, who says he enjoys playing instant tickets to pass the time.


“I won $75,000 in 2019 on a holiday instant ticket,” he shared from the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto.

When John purchased his Top Up ticket, he noticed the jackpot reset.

“That’s when I knew I won. I was happy!”

The winning ticket was purchased at Q Stop Convenience on Wilson St. in Hamilton.

John plans to treat his wife with a trip to Turkey and celebrate in Niagara Falls with friends.

“I enjoy playing the lottery. It makes me happy,” he continued.

“Life is too short. Have the fun and eat the good food,” he laughed.

Instant Top Up can be added to any eligible instant ticket purchase for $1 more. The top prize is a jackpot that starts at $25,000 and grows with each play purchased across Ontario until it is won. Free Play and cash prizes are also available.

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