Mississauga man who’s played lottery only twice in 10 years wins jackpot


Published March 15, 2023 at 8:48 am

Maybe Wael Mohamed is on to something after winning $106,702 playing Lotto 6/49.

While many Canadians have been buying lottery tickets every week for years if not decades in hopes of striking it rich, the 43-year-old Mississauga man hit the jackpot on just his second try in the past decade.

Mohamed, a retail worker, won second prize in the Feb. 4 Lotto 6/49 draw, a prize worth $106,700. For good measure, he also won on his Encore selection, upping his total winnings by $2.

While collecting his winnings at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto, Mohamed said he rarely plays the lottery.

“I’ve played two times in the past 10 years,” he said. “I never play the lottery, so I was surprised. I thought it was a dream when the cashier told me I won $106,700.”

Mohamed added that his wife didn’t believe him for days.

“Even today when I told her I was coming to the Prize Centre, she thought it was still a joke,” he said.

Mohamed plans to start his own business and take his family on vacation with the prize money.

“I always thought these things only happened in movies, but this is real life,” he added.

The winning ticket was purchased at Circle K, on Bancroft Dr. in Mississauga.

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