A 21-Year-Old Became An Ontario Lottery Winner & She Didn't Even Buy The Ticket

"This is life changing."

Toronto Staff Writer
Ontario lottery winner Jade Jenkins.

Ontario lottery winner Jade Jenkins.

Most 21-year-olds are broke, but not Jade Jenkins. The 21-year-old Ontario lottery winner hit the big time last October after winning $100,000 in the October 1, 2022, Lottario draw.

Jenkins, who lives in Pickering, had only been playing the lottery for a year before her win, and she didn't even buy the winning ticket!

"This ticket was a gift from my friend," she gushed while collecting her winnings at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto.

"I had this ticket for three months before I checked it. I finally brought it to the convenience store and scanned it," Jenkins said.

"When I found out I was a Big Winner, I was shocked! I stared at the screen for a while trying to process what I was seeing," she added.

After winning big, Jenkins headed home to tell her mother.

"She was in shock too and congratulated me. I called my family friend who bought the ticket for me, and he was really happy too."

As a self-employed individual, Jade believes the win will supply her with new opportunities and a brighter future. She intends to use the money to invest in her business and continue her education.

"It feels crazy to even hear the words' lottery winner' – this is life changing," she concluded.

How much is the Lottario jackpot?

The main jackpot begins at $250,000 and grows until it is claimed. There is also an early bird draw of $50,000 held every Saturday.

How do I play Lottario?

If you're looking for a no-fuss way to play the lottery, Quick Pick is the way to go.

All you need to do is request a Quick Pick from your lottery retailer or indicate the Quick Pick option on a Lottario selection slip, and the lottery terminal will choose two sets of numbers from 1 to 45 on your behalf.

If you or someone you know is struggling with problem gambling, refer to these helplines across Canada. Support is available.

Patrick John Gilson
Toronto Staff Writer
Patrick John Gilson is a Staff Writer for Narcity Canada’s Ontario Desk focused on Ontario gas prices and is based in Toronto, Ontario.