Retired Alexandria horse racer turns $1 into $100,000 with ENCORE win

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ALEXANDRIA — Saying “yes” to ENCORE paid off for Paul Loranger of Alexandria. Paul matched the last six of seven ENCORE numbers in exact order in the March 7, Lotto 649 draw to win $100,000!

Paul, a 67-year old married father of one, was fueling up his vehicle and went inside the gas station to check his ticket on the ticket checker. “The cashier asked if I wanted her to scan my ticket and I said, ‘oh, I know I’ve won $100,000,’” he smiled, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque. “The cashier thought I was joking until she scanned the ticket and the terminal froze,” he laughed.

Since his win, the retired horse racer has purchased a ‘new-to-him’ 2016 Dodge Ram with low mileage that is in mint condition. He plans to enjoy his time and his winnings at his hobby farm.

“This is perfect timing. If I had won this when I was younger, it would have been operating money and it would be gone. At this point in my life, I will do the right things with my windfall and it will last longer,” he concluded.

The winning ticket was purchased at Esso on Main Street in Alexandria.

The OLG Prize Centre in Toronto has resumed in-person prize claims for winning-ticket holders of $50,000 or more by-appointment only. 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. Currently, OLG is reaching out to major prize winners ($50,000+) who have been unable to claim their prizes due to COVID-19 to schedule appointments for in-person prize claims. In the coming weeks, OLG will open appointments to anyone wishing to claim their prize in-person at the Prize Centre.

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. 


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