‘My golden ticket’ — Hamilton woman’s stocking stuffer pays $100,000


Published February 2, 2023 at 11:51 am

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A Hamilton woman received a lottery scratcher as a stocking stuffer from her husband at Christmas, and it paid $100,000. (OLG photo)

Like many people during the holidays, a 45-year-old Hamilton woman received a lottery scratch ticket in her Christmas stocking. It’s become so routine that many people forget the ticket even exists, and it goes unscratched.

Tanya Monahan remembered to scratch hers, and it turned out to be a “golden ticket.”

Monahan won $100,000 with her Instant Ultimate scratcher from Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG).

“This ticket was a stocking stuffer from my husband,” she shared at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto. “When I got the ticket, I made a joke that I felt like I was Willy Wonka from the chocolate factory, and this was my golden ticket.”

“At the end of a busy Christmas Day, I sat down to play my ticket and realized I had won $100,000. My heart was pounding! My whole family was around for that moment.”

Monahan plans to give her husband a nice birthday present to thank him for this gift.

“And I’ll put some towards a new vehicle, pay some bills, and save.”

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Instant Ultimate was available in Dec. 2022 for $100 per play with 40 million-dollar top prizes drawn on Dec. 31. The odds of winning any prize were 1 in 3.55.

The winning ticket was purchased at Big Bonus Convenience and Food Mart on Queenston Rd. in Hamilton.

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