Toronto resident Ginno Torres recently claimed $35 million in the June 22 Lotto Max draw and up until now he hasn’t told a soul.
In a news release, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) stated that Torres had shared the $70 million June 22 jackpot with Gary Hill from Kamloops, British Columbia. The OLG further revealed that Torres informed nobody about his spectacular win until the cheque was in his hands.
“I wanted to make sure it was real before I surprised my family and friends with this incredible news,” Torres recalled.
The lucky winner only checked his ticket a few days after the draw at a local, and at first, he thought he had only won $35,000. It was only after visiting a second store and re-checking the ticket that the true nature of his win became apparent.
“That’s when I realized I won $35 million, my stomach was in knots as I was thinking about what was happening,” he said.
At this point, Torres went to yet another store to get his ticket validated. The statement went on to detail what the fortunate Canadian plans to do with his winnings.
“I am going to make sure my family is taken care of and I will make some investments to make sure I am well taken care of long into the future,” he said.
Torres added that his plans include sharing the money with charities, redecorating his home, commissioning some custom Indigenous art, and taking a trip across Canada, Europe, and Asia, once conditions are safer.
According to the statement, Torres had played the lottery regularly and his winning ticket was purchased at King Grocery on King Street in Toronto.