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Barrie mom's numbers come up big with lotto win

Winning ticket purchased at Petro Canada in Whitby; Thi Thuy Be Ho already has plans for her windfall
Encore (Lotto Max)_August 25, 2020_$100,000.00_Thi Thuy Ho of Barrie
Thi Thuy Ho of Barrie. Photo provided by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

TORONTO – Saying “yes” to ENCORE paid off for Thi Thuy Be Ho of Barrie. Thi matched the last six of seven ENCORE numbers in exact order in the Aug. 25, 2020 LOTTO MAX draw to win $100,000!  

A 42-year-old mother, Thi is a weekly player who has been playing the same numbers for a couple of years. She was at the supermarket when she discovered her win. “I used the Ticket Checker and saw the ‘Big Winner’ message and thought the win was only for $100,” she shared, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up her cheque. “When I asked the cashier to scan my ticket, the whole terminal shutdown. That’s when I saw the win was for $100,000! I was shaking I was so excited!”  

The nail technician has plans to share her winnings with her family. “The first thing I am doing is sending money to my mom so she can have some repairs done on her house. I’m also going to save some so I can go back home to visit my family when the pandemic is over,” she smiled.  

When Thi found out she won, she didn’t know what to think! “To be honest, at the time I was numb and shaking. I’ve never had money like this in my life. I feel so lucky and so happy. The pandemic has affected my business, so this is a blessing,” she concluded.  

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 (PPE) 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.    

ENCORE offers 22 ways to win and can be played in conjunction with most lottery games for an extra $1. There is an ENCORE draw every day.  

The winning ticket was purchased at Petro Canada on Brock Street in Whitby.