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These two Ontario friends have won the $70 million Lotto Max jackpot

Phil Tsekouras Multi-Platform Writer, CTV News Toronto

David Overall and Donna Williamson won the massive $70 million Lotto Max jackpot on Friday, July 31, after more than 10 years of group play. (Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation)

David Overall joked that he and friend Donna Williamson were just hoping to win $20 to continue their “short-term investment strategy” when they bought their winning ticket for last month’s Lotto Max draw.

“Donna actually used our last free play to get the ticket,” Overall, a 63-year-old from Oakville, Ont. who works in the grocery industry, said in a news release issued on Friday.

Williamson, a 60-year-old retired finance employee from Thornhill, Ont., explained that the pair has been playing the lottery as a group for the past 10 years and that it was her turn to buy a ticket that week.

“I considered buying a couple extra for my household, but I decided against it, because it only takes one ticket to win,” laughed Williamson.

“I sent David an email with a scan of our ticket and a caption that said, ‘Here are the numbers for the $70 million. Yabba dabba doo!” Williamson added.

Following the draw on July 31, Williamson said she checked their numbers against those posted online.

She said she was celebrating with each matching number, but began to wonder if she was imagining things once she saw five matching numbers.

Williamson said she called Overall to tell him that they were the sole winners of the $70 million, to which he responded “get out!”

The pair says that the event “still doesn’t feel real,” with Williamson saying she is unsure how to process “something like this.”

“Of all the things that are on my list of major life events, winning the lottery was not one of them. It’s on a whole other level,” she said.

Looking to the future, Overall says he plans to take some time with his family to settle into their “new reality” before making any big decisions, though he admits that the purchase of a cottage may be in his future.

Similarly, Williamson says she hasn’t actually had a chance to think about the future too much, but explains that she wants to travel more when it’s safe.

According the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, this is only the second time in which a $70 million prize has been awarded in Ontario.

David Overall joked that he and friend Donna Williamson were just hoping to win $20 to continue their “short-term investment strategy” when they bought their winning ticket for last month’s Lotto Max draw.

Southwestern Ontario man takes time to plan before claiming $70M LOTTO MAX jackpot

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A man from Blenheim in Chatham-Kent says when he realized he had the only winning ticket for the April 14 LOTTO MAX draw after checking his ticket in a grocery store, he ran out of building, got into his truck, and started to weep.

He called his mother from the parking lot, who heard his tears and began to worry.

“I told her, ‘These are tears of joy mom because I just won $70 million with LOTTO MAX!’ I had to repeat myself a few times because she was in shock. But when reality sunk in, my mom, who never swears, yelled a few expletives!”

Adrian Olmstead, 44, says he had four tickets to scan. On three tickets he got a free play, but on the fourth he saw “big winner” and initially thought he won $70,000 before realizing it was actually $70-million.

Olmstead only recently came forward to claim the prize after taking the time to gather advice on how to handle the enormous windfall and how it would impact him and his family.

“My priority is that we live a good life,” the stay-at-home father of two said, “but I want to raise my children to know the value of a dollar, understand the meaning of hard work and to teach them how to provide for themselves when they are adults.”

According to the OLG, he plans to buy a new home on a large plot of land so his kids have room to play. He will also look after his mother and splurge on a few fun items for the family, like an RV or new fishing boat, and a “fast car” for himself.

“The most important thing to me has always been to provide for my family,” he said.

“I can now do that in ways I never dreamed of before. This money can even ensure a good fortune for my future grandchildren.”

Olmstead bought his ticket at the Petro Canada/Double Seven Gas Bar on Chatham Street in Blenheim.

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