A North York new dad who won $20 million on a Lotto Max lottery this month can thank his dog and the person who walks it for a life-changing win.
Every couple of weeks, Robert Piluso buys a lottery ticket so he has change to pay his dog walker.
On Jan. 4, his ritual paid off when he hit the jackpot.
“This is just going to make everything way better,” he said in a statement.
“We are outgrowing our house and been talking about looking for a new one so now we can get a much bigger space.”
After the birth of their daughter, Piluso and his wife hired a dog walker to free up extra time for their family.
If he hadn’t hired the dog walker, he never would have bought the winning lottery ticket, he said.
Fortunately, Piluso checked the ticket, something he’s not always diligent about.
“I am really glad I remembered to check this ticket,” he said.
“I have a whole pile at home. I didn’t even know what the jackpot amount was when I bought it.”
While a bigger home is something they are looking forward to, the young family is still determining what they will do with the rest of the jackpot.
“My wife and I just haven’t processed this yet. It’s still not real so we can’t even think about our future plans. I guess number one is to get to a bank today, right?” he laughed.
He bought the winning ticket at Mac’s Convenience on Van Horne Avenue in North York.