South Western Ontario group wins $500,000 from the December 25, 2015 LOTTO MAX

Ezio Contasti of Caledonia

May 17, 2016

Toronto, ON – A group of 12 from South Western Ontario is celebrating after winning $500,000 withLOTTO MAX MAXMILLIONS (December 25, 2015 draw).

“I usually go to each group member’s home to collect their contribution for the pool,” shared Ezio while at the OLG Prize Centre with the other group members, where together they picked up their big cheque. “We usually play Quick Pick.”

Ezio purchased the group’s winning ticket on Christmas Eve. “Several days later, I scanned the ticket in the ticket checker and I saw the words, ‘Big Winner – $500,000’ appear on the screen. I didn’t know what to do so I headed back home. I returned to the store the following day to validate the ticket.”

Ezio started making calls to each group member to share the news. “Everyone thought I was calling because they owed me money. They all had a different reaction when I told them we won.”

Each member of the group has a plan for their portion of the windfall. Some are planning to renovate their homes, others will pay off their bills, purchase new homes, pay for their children’s education, and one group member is planning to rescue animals. “It still doesn’t feel real,” concluded Ezio.

The group members are:

Ezio Contasti of Caledonia
Alfonso Dintino of Hamilton
Cheryl Wilcox of Hamilton
Earla Arner of Dundas
Lauren-Marie Contasti of Hamilton
Lisa Eves of Binbrook
Lisa Gouthro of Hamilton
Malgorzata Dzierzgowska of Ancaster
Matt Crowe of Ancaster
Michael Contasti of Caledonia
Robert Contasti of Hamilton
William Saulnier of Hamilton


This winning ticket was purchased at Petro Canada on Barton Street in Hamilton, ON

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