Mississauga man has ‘out of body experience’ after big lottery win

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Published April 20, 2023 at 3:42 pm

Stanley Maclean says he had an “out of body experience” while still in shock after learning he had won the top prize of $250,000 on a recent Instant Crossword Deluxe game ticket.

The 60-year-old Mississauga man, like so many lottery winners, initially thought he’d won much less than the actual prize.

“I checked my tickets at the store and thought I won $25,000 at first. When I realized it was actually $250,000, I was in so much shock I had to tell myself to breathe. I thought, ‘Oh my gravy!’,” Maclean shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his winnings.

Overwhelmed by his good fortune, Maclean then walked home with his ticket.

“The walk home was an out of body experience. I was in a lot of shock. I went back to the store a couple hours later and gave it to the cashier. I had to tell myself to breathe again. I really thought I was going to have a heart attack,” he said.

Next, Maclean shared his big news with his partner.

“He was so excited for me. He didn’t believe me at first; I had to send him a picture,” he said.

With the prize money, Maclean plans on paying some bills, investing for his and his partner’s future and buying his nephew a phone.

The winning ticket was purchased at Dollarcade, on Fieldgate Dr. in Mississauga.

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