"It's my priority to pay that forward."
An Ontario lottery winner has decided that he wants to pay it forward with his latest winnings.
According to OLG, Ottawa native Ted Lutes won a whopping $7 million after matching all five main numbers plus the Grand Number in the June 28, 2021, $1,000-a-day-for life draw, a stroke of good luck that took both him and his wife by surprise.
"My wife was asleep, and when I went to wake her, I felt like I had to use a defibrillator to wake her," Lutes joked. "She was in disbelief — to her it wasn't real until the cheque was in my hands."
As if that wasn't wholesome enough, Ted also revealed that he plans to use his winnings to give back to his community.
"I already have plans to set up an education fund for the Indigenous community and another fund to help homeless veterans. There have been times where I have needed a helping hand and it's my priority to pay that forward."
On top of this, he also plans to share the rest of his winnings with friends and family, but not before spoiling himself with a new truck and some travel.