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Look who's $231,546 richer!

The winning ticket was purchased at Walmart in Orillia
2017-11-24 Celeste Anderson lottery winner
Celeste Anderson of Orillia. Photo provided by Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.

Celeste Anderson of Orillia is celebrating after winning $231,546.10 in the Nov. 4, 2017 Lotto 6/49 draw.

“I play the lottery occasionally but when I heard that the next draw was a Super Draw, I decided to buy a ticket,” shared Celeste, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up her cheque. “When I was purchasing my ticket, I found an old ticket in my purse and had the retailer check it.”

When the retailer scanned Celeste’s ticket, the lottery terminal shut down. “I saw the words 'Big Winner' on the lottery screen and suddenly people all around me started congratulating me,” smiled Celeste. “When I saw the validation slip with the prize amount I started to shake, tears welled up and I was at a loss for words!”

Celeste shared the good news immediately with her fiancé. “He didn’t believe me at first but when he saw the validation slip he was very, very happy!”

Wedding bells are in the future for Celeste. “We have been ready to get married for over a decade but whenever we start to think about our big day, we are sidetracked by other amazing life events – our children’s weddings and grand children being born,” she explained. “Now it’s our turn! We would love to celebrate our big day in Bermuda with our family and close friends.”

More travel is in the plans. “We want to travel the world – a river boat cruise in Europe and maybe Fiji or Bali,” smiled Celeste. “Who knows where this win will take us!”

Since Lotto 6/49 was launched in June 1982, there has been a total of 3,532 Lotto 6/49 draws with Ontario players having won more than $12 billion in prizes, including 1,348 jackpot wins. There have been 476 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 the CNIB Lottery Kiosk in Walmart on Murphy Road in Orillia.