The latest Lotto 6/49 jackpot winners are keeping it in the family.
After announcing the winning ticket from Saturday night’s $13.2 million Lotto 6/49 draw was sold in London, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation revealed Tuesday that brothers Jim, of London, and Rob Holbeck of Brownsville had claimed the prize.
“My first reaction was, ‘Holy … Macaroni,’ and then a few other colourful words,” Jim Holbeck of London was quoted as saying in a statement from the OLG. He said he checked the ticket at home first then went straight to a ticket-checker just to be sure. “I thought I saw $13,259. I grabbed the ticket and went next door for a coffee and to quietly check the numbers again. One by one they matched up,” Holbeck said.
After he had the news confirmed, Jim said he called a close friend and told them the news, stressing that he wasn’t joking. Not long after, family and friends started arriving at the coffee shop. They say they triple-checked the ticket and then laughed, cried and celebrated all together.
As for what they want to do with the cash, the Holbeck brothers already have plans.
“The money is security and peace of mind for me,” Jim said. “I intend to spoil the people I love.”
As for Rob, the husband, father and grandfather says he has plans to treat his wife.
“I’ve been married 25 years and my wife Sylvia deserves the honeymoon we never had. Our dream is to go to Europe.”
The OLG says the Holbeck brothers’ winning ticket was purchased at Trafalgar Mini Mart on Trafalgar St. in London.