Powassan Great-Grandmother Wins $1 Million With Lotto Max


Emily Giroux of Powassan can realize her dreams after winning a $1 million Maxmillions prize in the April 10, 2020 Lotto Max draw. Emily also won $20 on another selection, bringing her total winnings to $1,000,020.

The 68-year-old retiree is regular lottery player. “I recently decided to change up the numbers I have played for decades,” shared Emily, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up her cheque. “And not long after, I won!”

Emily’s husband checked her ticket for her while at the store. “He sat me down to tell me about the win,” she explained. “At first, I thought he bought me something. But instead, he handed me my ticket and told me I won a million dollars!”

“It feels surreal,” smiled the mother of two, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of one. “It’s like I’m in a dream – never in a million years did I think I would win!”

Emily first purchase will be a new SUV. “We want to be careful with the money and make it last.”

The OLG Prize Centre in Toronto has resumed in-person prize claims for winning-ticket holders of $50,000 or more by-appointment only. 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 (PPE) and the pre-screening of visitors before granting entry. Currently, OLG is reaching out to major prize winners ($50,000+) who have been unable to claim their prizes due to COVID-19 to schedule appointments for in-person prize claims. Future announcements will be made as to when OLG will open appointments to others wishing to claim their prize in-person at the Prize Centre.


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