Oakville father’s lotto win turns into $1 million prize upon closer inspection


Published May 25, 2022 at 1:58 pm

Someone in Oakville is a million dollars richer after winning the encore prize in the recent Lotto Max draw. INSAUGA PHOTO

Oakville’s Mark Prskalo was pretty happy when he thought he had a $1,000 winning lottery ticket.

A closer look and the 38-year-old father discovered he was actually a new millionaire.

Prskalo matched all seven Encore numbers in exact order in the April 19 Lotto Max draw to win $1 million.

Saying yes to encore paid off big for the Oakville resident and his family.

“When I realized it was legit, excitement took over and we were jumping and cheering!,” said the salesman, who added the win feels like a blessing.

Prskalo remembered he had a ticket after seeing the news about another lottery winner.

He pulled it out to scan it using the OLG App.

“I thought I won $1,000 and told my wife,” he explained. “She said, ‘No way!’ and as I took a closer look at all the zeroes I stopped in my tracks.

“My wife didn’t believe I won $1,000, so you can imagine her face when I told her it was $1 million.”

Prskalo said he only plays the lottery when the jackpots are high and always adds ENCORE.

He plans to make some wise investments for the future and plan a family trip to Europe.

The father purchased the winning ticket at the Canadian Tire Gas Bar on Dundas Street in Oakville.

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