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Welland man wants to donate to charity and buy a sports jersey after winning $79,000 on lotto

Winner called his dad to share the news
Michael Jurich of Welland
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TORONTO – Michael Jurich of Welland got way into the game to win $79,511.60 with Pools (Football Pools Card #4, List #1393).

Michael, 36, said he is a regular player of Pools and took a chance by going for the big prize. “I went for the longshot! I was so excited to check my winnings the next morning!” he shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his winnings. “It was an overwhelming and exciting feeling.”

Michael said he called his dad and friends to share his exciting news. “Their minds were blown – they couldn’t believe it!”

He plans to donate to charity, purchase a sports jersey and save the rest.

OLG is currently booking in-person prize claim appointments at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto only for those claims that require a face-to-face interview. Customers with prizes over $50,000 are asked to call 1-800-387-0098 to discuss available prize claim options. Prize claims up to $49,999.90 should continue to be submitted by mail. The health and safety of our customers and employees remains our top priority and OLG looks forward to providing future updates on the further availability of in-person prize claims.

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The winning ticket was purchased at Shell on East Main Street in Welland.