A North York man is $30 million richer after buying a lottery ticket at Main Street variety store this summer.
Vincent (Tony) Charlemagne picked up his cheque for $30,350,652.50 at the Ontario Lottery Gaming Prize Centre in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 29.
He was the winner of the Aug. 2, 2013 Lotto Max draw.
He had to wait to collect his cheque until a prize claim review fully confirmed him as the winner. The winning ticket was originally signed with the first name that he has commonly used for many years although his legal first name is Vincent.
Charlemagne bought the winning ticket at M & D Variety on Main Street in Toronto.
A regular Lotto Max and Lotto 6/49 player, Charlemagne checked his Aug. 2 Lotto Max ticket on the following Friday when he went to purchase a ticket for that night’s draw.
“I scanned my ticket on the self-checker. When I saw all the numbers, I didn’t think it was real. I thought I won just a couple bucks,” he told Ontario Lottery Gaming (OLG) officials on Friday.
“I then asked the retailer to validate my ticket and that’s when I found out - I won the jackpot!”
A self-employed contractor, Charlemagne told the OLG he was in such shock that he decided not to go to work that day but instead went home to take a shower to clear his head. Then he shared the news with family. “I called my cousin, and said ‘I catch it, man!’ He didn’t believe me until I went over to show him the ticket.”
To avoid delays, OLG reminds lottery winners to always sign their tickets with their legal first names or initials.
Originally from St. Lucia, Charlemagne has had plenty of time to think about his plans for his windfall. He told OLG officials he has made no decisions yet. “My wife and I will probably buy a new house and a new car. But what I’m really looking forward to is visiting my family and friends in St. Lucia.”