FINCH — A Finch resident is celebrating her $650,000 windfall after buying a lottery ticket “on a whim.” Kaitlyn (Kaity) MacMillan claimed her prize late last week in Toronto, opting for a lump-sum payment of $675,000 rather than $1,000 per week for life.
“The last 24 hours have been a whirlwind,” she said while picking up her winnings at the OLG Prize Centre.
The winning ticket was purchased at the MacEwen gas station in Long Sault.
“I stopped for gas on my way to work and on a whim I bought an Instant Cash for Life ticket. It’s the only Instant ticket I ever buy.”
She arrived at work early so she decided to scratch her ticket. “As soon as I realized I won, I stopped scratching and started calling. First I phoned my boyfriend. Next I called my mom. I said to her, ‘Mom, I won cash for life!’ Her response was, ‘No you didn’t.’ So I sent her a picture of the ticket and there was lots of laughing and screaming at that point.”
After wrapping up her shift at work and speaking with OLG, MacMillan decided to fly to Toronto with her boyfriend and mom. “I treated them to a night at a fancy Toronto hotel before coming to the Prize Centre to pick up my cheque.”
Plans are already underway for the windfall. Said the lucky winner: “My parents have been so supportive, paying for my education and always being in my corner. I want to do something special for them so next year, I will be sending them on vacation to Scotland and I will be taking care of everything. They are the best and this is the least I can do. My parents also have a plot of land right next door to our family home. I am building my dream house with my boyfriend and his young daughter. I also plan to pay off my car and some student debt.”
She concluded, “Winning the lottery is mind blowing. I have close friends who are financially savvy and will help me mange my winnings.”