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Tiny man wins big lottery prize

Anastasios plans to put a down payment on a house
A.Panagopoulos - Winner Photo

TORONTO – Anastasios Panagopoulos of Tiny has that “6/49 feeling” after winning a LOTTO 6/49 second prize worth $78,174.10 in the May 22, 2021 draw. He also won $2 on his ENCORE selection, bringing his total winning to $78,176.10.

Anastasios, a father, says he has played the lottery regularly since moving to Canada from Greece in 2004.

"I went to check my ticket using the Ticker Checker and saw $78,176," the 47-year-old house painter shared. "I started shaking! I was so excited I brought the clerk to the Ticket Checker!"

Anastasios says he told his girlfriend and she didn't believe him. "She is so happy," he smiled.

He plans to put a down payment on a house. "I feel blessed!"

LOTTO 6/49 players in Ontario have won over $13.3 billion in prizes since 1982, including 1,406 jackpot wins and 381 Guaranteed $1 Million Prize draws. LOTTO 6/49 is $3 per play and draws take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

OLG is currently booking in-person prize claim appointments at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto only for those claims that require a face-to-face interview. Customers with prizes over $50,000 are asked to call 1-800-387-0098 to discuss available prize claim options. Prize claims up to $49,999.90 should continue to be submitted by mail. The health and safety of our customers and employees remains our top priority and OLG looks forward to providing future updates on the further availability of in-person prize claims.

The winning ticket was purchased at Bingham's Variety on Tiny Beaches Road in Tiny.