Fort Erie resident dreams of beach vacation after $1M Lotto win


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Fort Erie resident Donald Parode won a $1-million Maxmillions prize in the Feb. 21 Lotto Max draw.

The 62-year-old regular lottery player checked his tickets at a variety store and said he thought the $1-million message he saw on the self-scanner screen was a promotion.

“I didn’t realize my win until I handed my ticket to the retailer and the lottery terminal froze. I was stunned,” said Parode while at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming prize centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque.

The father of one said he plans to invest, undertake some home renovations and travel when the time is right.

“I’m a beach guy. I want to visit all the places in The Beach Boys song ‘Kokomo.’”

The prize centre has resumed in-person prize claims for winning-ticket holders of $50,000 or more by appointment only. OLG has put in place health-and-safety protocols in accordance with guidelines from public-health officials, which include physical-distancing measures, the mandatory use of personal protective equipment and the pre-screening of visitors before granting entry.

Currently, OLG is reaching out to major prize winners who have been unable to claim their winnings due to COVID-19 to schedule appointments for in-person claims.

Future announcements will be made as to when OLG will open appointments to others wishing to claim their prize at the prize centre.

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