Brampton winner collects record $70M Lotto Max prize

Adlin Lewis, of Brampton, accepted a $70-million cheque from the OLG on Jan. 13, 2020 (OLG photo)

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A Brampton man has won the largest lottery prize in Canadian history — $70 million — with a free-play ticket.

Adlin Lewis, a 49-year-old credit risk manager, won the Jan. 7th Lotto Max draw and on Monday, he collected his loot at the OLG Prize centre in Toronto.

“While I was warming up my car, I scanned my ticket on the OLG Lottery App but I got an error message, so I tried again,” he said. “And then I saw the words ‘Big Winner’ and the number 70.  I was shocked and wanted to confirm what I saw so I went online to see the winning numbers and one by one they matched.”

Lewis added he initially wanted to find a spectacular way to break the news to his wife.

“I wanted to tell her in a special way — with a trip or something creative — but I couldn’t keep this news to myself, so I ended up waking her up in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday and just telling her outright.”

Although he has won the big one, Lewis is no stranger to being lucky.

“A couple of years ago, I won a car, and then more recently, I won both the first and second prizes in a workplace holiday draw,” Lewis said, adding he has played the lottery for 20 years.

Lewis added when his work colleagues found out the winning ticket was sold in Brampton, they joked that he won and wouldn’t return to work again.

“I’ll be making some investments, taking many trips, enjoying life. Also, my wife has always wanted to try those VIP $100 slots in Las Vegas and now I can make that dream come true for her.”

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