One London man is celebrating big after winning a $1 million Encore prize over the weekend.
Nizarali Pradhan says he purchased a Lotto Max ticket with Encore ahead of last Friday’s big draw.
“The day after the draw I was at the mall and I decided to check my Lotto Max ticket with Encore,” said Pradhan in an OLG media release issued Thursday. “While checking my Encore numbers I noticed the last two numbers matched up and I thought to myself, ‘Oh, I probably won $5.’”
Pradhan had actually matched all seven numbers on his ENCORE selection, and says when he scanned his ticket at the machine, the words “Big Winner” appeared on the screen but with no number value.
“I asked the retailer to validate my ticket,” he continued. “She did and the entire terminal shut down. She asked me to wait because OLG was going to call and that’s exactly what happened.”
Pradhan says he learned he had won the prize while speaking to an OLG representative.
The winnings, he says, will go toward the purchase of a new home and a trip to Uganda where he and his wife are both from.
“My wife and I were both born in Uganda and have not been back since we moved to Canada. It’s time to take a trip to our home land.”