Welland grandfather wins BIG
A Welland grandfather has won the $1 million prize from the March 25th Lotto 6/49 draw.
Phillip Armbrust, a father of two, and grandfather to two found out through his daughters that there was a winner in Welland.
“They told me to go check my ticket right away. I told them about my routine of checking my tickets when I go in to the store to buy my next set of tickets. But one of my daughter’s kept saying, ‘Dad, go check your tickets. You might be a winner!’ Finally, I decided to listen to her.”
Phillip walked into the store and headed straight for the ticket checker. “The first ticket I scanned was the one. On the screen I saw the words, ‘Big Winner.’ I went back to my truck and drove home to share the news with my daughters. All I kept thinking was, ‘I can’t believe this is happening to me!’”
Phillip asked both his daughters to sit down. “They thought something was wrong at first but then I just blurted it out, ‘I won $1 million!’ They both started screaming, jumping up and down and hugging me and each other. It was a wonderful moment I will always remember.”
Plans are underway for Phillip’s big win.
“I want to put some money aside for my grandchildren. I have two and I would like to pay for their education. I also plan to do some renovations around the house and invest for myself and my girls. Winning the lottery means I can do what I want, when I want. I can now also take care of my daughters and grandkids financially. This win hasn’t quite sunk in yet but I’m definitely a happy man right now,” concluded Phillip.
The winning ticket was purchased at Petro Canada on Niagara Street in Welland.
Larry, Tom McConnell, Betty Lou Souter, and the gang announce this year's totals and hand out a big thank you.
Larry talks with the St. Catharines Standard reporter who broke this story.