Welland $250K lottery winner got her ticket from Secret Santa at work

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Published January 10, 2022 at 2:39 pm

It sounds like a lottery ticket gift from Secret Santa at work nearly gave a Welland woman a heart attack.

Jennifer Lafleur just collected $250,000 after winning the top prize with INSTANT MERRY & BRIGHT lottery.

Lafleur, a 41-year-old married mother, said, “I got home from work to start my Christmas holidays and relaxed with a coffee and my ticket. I noticed I won on the second game – my heart started pounding! I thought it was going to come out of my chest!”

She added her mind was racing when she texted her husband to come home right away. “I passed him the ticket and he asked if it was real, then gave me a big hug. My heart is filled with pure joy!”

The healthy industry employee said the timing of her windfall was almost as wonderful as the win.

“I plan to put some towards my mortgage and set some aside for my children’s education,” she said. “I’d also like to invest and save some for a family vacation – I have lots of decisions to make!”

The winning ticket was purchased at Avondale on Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls.

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