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Technology almost spoils winning lottery moment for Huntsville man

'I took the ticket to the retailer and the machine froze'
Ivan Striez of Huntsville. Photo submitted.

Ivan Striez of Huntsville can “find his possible” after winning a LOTTO 6/49 second prize worth $123,874.10 in the August 26, 2023 LOTTO 6/49 draw.

Ivan, who has been playing the lottery for four years, says he is a regular LOTTO 6/49 and LOTTO MAX player.

“I check my tickets weekly at the ticket checker before purchasing new ones," he explained in a release.  

"When I scanned the ticket, I saw a big number appear, and when I looked again it was gone,” he shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque.

“I took the ticket to the retailer and the machine froze.”

He was pleasantly surprised after speaking with OLG who told him he had won $123,874.10.

The 52-year-old said he made an important call soon after receiving the exciting news.

“The first person I told was my good friend, who was very happy for me.”

Ivan plans to go on a vacation and make investments with his windfall.

“This is the best $7 investment I’ve made in a long time,” he exclaimed.

LOTTO 6/49 offers players a chance to win two multi-million dollar jackpots every Wednesday and Saturday, for the same $3 per play.

The Classic Draw offers a fixed $5 million jackpot for every draw, while the Gold Ball Draw guarantees a $1 million prize, or the growing jackpot that starts at $10 million and can exceed $60 million. Click here for more information about the new LOTTO 6/49.

The winning ticket was purchased at West Road Convenience on West Road in Huntsville.

OLG supports safe play and wants to keep the fun in the game. That’s why OLG is proud to be a leader in promoting responsible gambling with our globally recognized PlaySmart program.