Welland woman $1 million richer after clerk suggested adding ENCORE

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Published May 12, 2022 at 1:42 pm

A store clerk helped a Welland woman collect a $1 million prize by suggesting she add ENCORE to her April 30 LOTTO MAX ticket.

Marie Sylvie Roy, 47, matched all seven ENCORE numbers in exact order on the ticket and won the big prize.


“I’ve purchased lottery tickets on and off for over 20 years,” Roy shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up her winnings. “I don’t always add ENCORE, but I did this time because the store clerk asked me.”

The customer service worker and mother said she was shocked when she discovered her big win while at the store. “I asked the clerk how much the prize was for, and she said ‘Big!’ I was surprised!”

Roy told her brother and son about her big win right away. “They’re surprised and happy for me,” she smiled.

She plans to pay some bills, invest, complete some home renovations and treat herself to a vacation.

“This win accelerates my personal goals,” she concluded.

The winning ticket was purchased at Circle K on Niagara Street in Welland.

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