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Local couple wins Lotto 6/49 $1M prize

A coast to coast trip is in the plans for the couple
2017-11-14 Blake and Anthony Baptiste
Imogene Blake and Anthony Baptiste. Photo provided by Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.

TORONTO - Barrie couple Imogene Blake and Anthony Baptiste are thrilled after winning the guaranteed $1 million prize from the Nov. 4, 2017 Lotto 6/49 draw. They also won $15 in other prizes on the same ticket.

“Imogene is a nurse and on her way to work a 12-hour shift, she decided to check our ticket on the self-checker,” shared Anthony, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to claim their prize. “She saw ‘Big Winner’ on the screen but put the ticket away and continued to work.”

Over the course of her shift, Imogene began to wonder about the prize amount of their win. “On my break I pulled out my phone and used the OLG Lottery app. I counted the zeros and saw the commas – and there it was – one million dollars!” laughed Imogene.

A coast to coast trip is in the plans for the couple, married 16 years. “Imogene’s dream is to head west and see Vancouver and my dream is to head east and explore the Maritimes,” explained Anthony. 

“Winning the lottery means financial freedom – no more mortgage, no more car payments and more independence to do what we want, when we want,” concluded Imogene.

Since Lotto 6/49 was launched in June 1982, there has been a total of 3,528 Lotto 6/49 draws with Ontario players having won more than $12 billion in prizes, including 1,347 jackpot wins.

There have been 472 guaranteed $1 million prize draws to date. Two hundred and nine of the winning tickets have been sold in Ontario. For more information, please visit and click on Lotteries.

The winning ticket was purchased at Wilson Variety on Wilson Avenue in North York.