Ethel Bellefeuille of Blind River is celebrating after winning a $100,000 top prize with Instant Crossword Tripler.
Bellefeuille said she realized she was a big winner after using the ticket checker at the store.
“I saw all the zeroes appear and started to panic,” she said, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up her winnings. “I was so shocked I scanned it three times.”
The retired nurse's aid said she called her daughter-in-law to tell her she needed her son to drive her to Toronto.
“She couldn’t believe it – and neither can I," she said. "I’m so nervous. I’ve never seen this kind of money before.”
Ethel plans to use her winnings to complete some home renovations.
The winning ticket was purchased at Mics Kwik-Way on Causley Street in Blind River.
OLG is now accepting in-person prize claims by-appointment only for customers with prizes of $1,000 or more who wish to claim at the OLG Prize Centre.
To best protect customers and staff, OLG has put in place appropriate health and safety protocols in accordance with guidelines from public health officials, which include physical distancing measures, the mandatory use of personal protective equipment and the pre-screening of visitors before granting entry. Players should contact the OLG Support Centre at 1-800-387-0098 to discuss available prize claim options or to schedule an appointment.