A 21-Year-Old Became An Ontario Lottery Winner & She Didn't Even Buy The Ticket
"This is life changing."
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.
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