When George Gallant, 85, visited a fortune teller in the late 1980s she advised him to stick with the lottery because she saw a big win in his future. He took her advice and had his faith rewarded, over a quarter of a century later, when he claimed his $500,000 share of a Maxmillions prize earlier this week.
Now retired and living at Brantford, Ontario, Gallant admits he was a little skeptical when the fortune teller's prediction finally came true.
"On Saturday after the draw I went to the store to check my tickets on the self-checker," Gallant explained to staff at the OLG prize center. "At first I didn't really understand so I decided to check with the cashier and she confirmed my big win."
Now his long wait is over Gallant has no idea what to do with his winnings, but with four children and six grandchildren he doesn't expect to be stumped for long.
"I have lots of family to help me decide how to spend it," he joked.
Maxmillions are additional $1 million prizes that are only drawn when the Canada Lotto Max Jackpot reaches $50 million. When Maxmillions prizes are available every Lotto Max ticket is automatically entered into the draws using the numbers chosen for normal Lotto Max draw.
Next Fridays Lotto Max draw has an estimated jackpot of $50 million and there will also be 50 Maxmillions drawings so it doesn't take a crystal ball to see that Lotto Max players have an exciting week ahead of them.