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A Group Of Ontario Co-Workers Won $2M In The Lotto & The Reveal Almost Ended In A 911 Call

"I thought she was having a health crisis."

Toronto Staff Writer
The Ontario lottery winners

The Ontario lottery winners

Sharing is caring, especially when the sharing is millions of dollars.

According to OLG, a group of Greater Toronto Area coworkers won a whopping $2 million after scoring Ontario 49's top prize in the August 20, 2022 draw.

The group members were:

  • Gail Simon of Nestleton
  • Bradley Hale of Port Perry
  • Lorna Horner of Uxbridge
  • Shirley Heppell of Holland Landing

Simon, who first discovered the big win, revealed the group had only been playing together for a few months before the million-dollar ticket.

"I was checking the ticket and saw we matched three numbers, so I thought we won $10 at first," she said. "When the matching numbers kept coming up, I was shocked."

Safe to say, Simon was a bit caught off guard.

"I checked using the OLG App, and I thought it was broken," she adds.

But, the real confusion came when she tried telling Horner about the monumental pull, which nearly resulted in a 911 call.

"I thought she was having a health crisis because she said she had pains in her chest," Horner gushed. "Then she told me we won. I couldn't believe it."

No one could believe their luck.

"I received a photo of the ticket while I was at work. I had to count all the zeroes," Heppell added. "I had butterflies in my stomach."

The group's members have a bunch of plans for the winnings, which range from home renovations to new vehicles.

"It's the most amazing thing you'll ever experience. It's life-changing," concluded Lorna.

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.
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