Mississauga Woman Planning Girl’s Getaway with Big Lotto Win
A very lucky woman is planning to do some renos and take a trip after winning a generous sum.
Mississauga resident Mary Louise Van Duzen is celebrating after winning the Poker Lotto All In jackpot worth $182,442.30. Van Duzen also won $5,000 on the instant portion of her Poker Lotto play, meaning she's actually walking away with $187,442.30.
Her win turned Good Friday into a great Friday.
"I won on Good Friday," she told OLG at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto. "I like playing this game when the jackpot is high and it definitely was a big one the day I played and won."
Van Duzen said the win took her by surprise.
"I stood at the counter with my jaw dropped, surprised that I won. The retailer was just as shocked and said, 'Did you win the top prize?' I muttered back, 'I don't know.'"
Next, OLG called the store to speak with Van Duzen.
"By that time, I was shaking like a leaf in the wind - shocked and happy. It all happened a few days ago and I'm still in shock."
She has some big plans for her winnings.
"I am getting new windows for the house and then paying off a big chunk of the mortgage. I have three daughters and it might just be time for an all-girls getaway - an all-inclusive tropical destination would be nice. Winning the lottery is the most amazing gift and has given me so much financial breathing room and freedom. Not only the ability to help myself but to help my daughters too."
Poker Lotto players can opt for All In to attempt to win a jackpot that starts at $10,000 and grows until it is won. Overall odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.66.
The winning ticket was purchased at Erin Mills Dollar & Convenience on Erin Mills Parkway in Mississauga.