By NOUMAN KHALIL
MISSISSAUGA — The 41st provincial general polling day is turning into a lucky one for residents of Mississauga.
Soon after the OLG announced this morning (June 12) that the $2 million ticket for the June 11 Ontario 49 draw was sold in Mississauga, another city resident, Gnanakanthan Velauthapillai, received $250,000 prize money for winning the May 17 Lottario draw.
Velauthapillai also won $10 for matching three of six numbers on two other lines.
“I got my winning tickets just three minutes before the terminal locked for the evening draws,” said Velauthapillai, 40, after claiming his prize at the OLG Prize Centre Wednesday.
In 1998, Velauthapillai also won a truck playing an instant game but chose the $42,000 cash option instead.
The winning ticket was purchased at Hasty Market on Britannia Rd. in Mississauga.
Earlier, OLG confirmed to The News that the $2 million ticket for the June 11 Ontario 49 draw was also sold in Mississauga.
This is the first $2 million jackpot win for the revamped game that includes new prizes both big and small, and better odds of winning.
“Now better than ever with improved prizing and more ways to win, Ontario 49 offers a life-enhancing jackpot for a modest price,” said Wendy Montgomery, OLG Vice President, Lottery Marketing & Sales. “That loonie that’s tucked in your pocket or hiding under the couch cushions could win you a $2 million jackpot!”
In May, the gaming company raised the ticket price of Ontario 49 lottery from 50-cents to $1, but now offers a new $2 million jackpot with each draw instead of $1 million.
In addition to the bigger jackpot, Ontario 49 also offers other prizes, such as:
• Secondary Prize: A $10 prize instead of $5 for matching three of six numbers;
• New $3 Prize: A new $3 prize for matching two numbers plus the bonus number;
• Free Play: A new Free Play prize for matching two of six numbers; and
• Better Odds: The overall odds of winning any prize improve from one in 54 to just one in 6.6.
By NOUMAN KHALIL