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Lotto Max in Ontario: He wants to take care of his family by winning $70 million

Lotto Max in Ontario: He wants to take care of his family by winning $70 million

A Toronto resident who won $70 million in Ontario's Lotto Max contest last April wants to take care of his entire family.

“We're a very close-knit family. It's a bit of a cliche, like in the movies, but I wouldn't have it any other way. That's why I approached them first to share this amazing news!” Gregory (Greg) Chialtas was elated.

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The single parent explained that he purchased a Lotto Max ticket while grocery shopping, OLG said Thursday in a press release.

When he checked his ticket, he realized that only three of his numbers matched, and he thought he had won a free ticket.

“That's when I realized I was looking at the numbers from the wrong draw date. So I went back to find the results of the LOTTO MAX draw dated April 19, and that's when I saw that all seven numbers matched. And it was a complete shock!” he continued.

Despite everything, winning 70 million was unthinkable for Mr. Chialtas. So he asked his best friend for help.

“It was unbelievable for us, but we had to be absolutely sure that I got the winning ticket. So we decided to meet nearby and double-check using the in-store ticket checker. When I started to realize what was happening, all I wanted to do was He left the store quietly, but my friend was losing his mind!

So the lucky player arranged an instant family FaceTime meeting to share the good news.

Over the past year, the retired former government employee has faced health problems and received a lot of support from his family.

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“The love my family has shown me throughout this amazing experience humbles me and warms my heart. It has allowed me to keep my feet on the ground and continue focusing on what is most important: my family!”

With all his millions, Mr. Chialtas wants to travel, make sure his children finish school, perhaps buy new cars and homes for his immediate family, and give back to the community. But that's not all: “I plan to adopt a shelter dog so I can improve his life, just like it happened to me.”

The winning ticket was purchased at the Sheppard Ticket Center at the Yonge-Sheppard Center on Yonge Street in Toronto.