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Welland man wins $100,000 with Encore

The winning ticket was purchased on Circle K on Thorold Road in Welland
Encore (Lotto 649)_December 25, 2021_$100,000.00_Cody Ballard of Welland
Cody Ballard of Welland won $100,000 with Encore in the Dec. 25, 2021 Lotto 6/49 draw.

Saying “yes” to Encore paid off for Cody Ballard of Welland. He matched the last six of seven Encore numbers in exact order in the Dec. 25, 2021 Lotto 6/49 draw to win $100,000! 

The 38-year-old musician says he has been a regular lottery player for seven years. "I always play Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Max and always add Encore," he shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his winnings. "This is my first big win!"

Cody was at the store checking his tickets when he discovered his big win. "I saw the Big Winner screen and couldn't believe my eyes," he smiled. "I checked the ticket three times because it was so unbelievable. I was shocked and excited! My girlfriend was trying to keep me calm."

He plans to share his win with his girlfriend and has his eyes on a new TV.

"This is amazing. I’ve always dreamt of winning the lottery but never expected it," Cody concluded.

Encore offers 22 ways to win and can be played in conjunction with most lottery games for an extra $1. There is an Encore draw every day.

OLG is booking in-person prize claim appointments at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto. We strongly encourage those with claims between $1,000 and $49,999.90 to submit them online or mail them in. Submitting claims online is fast and secure. Customers with prizes over $50,000 are asked to call 1-800-387-0098 to discuss available prize claim options.

The winning ticket was purchased on Circle K on Thorold Road in Welland.