First-time ticket-buying teen makes Canadian historical past with $48 million

Juliette Lamour of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., $48 million Lotto 6/49 Gold Ball jackpot winner from the January 7, 2023 draw (OLG)

Juliette Lamour of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., $48 million Lotto 6/49 Gold Ball jackpot winner from the January 7, 2023 draw (OLG)

First-time lottery participant, an 18-year-old Ontario college scholar, received the $48 million Lotto 6/49 Gold Ball jackpot, the youngest Canadian to ever win a jackpot of this measurement.

“I simply turned 18 and my grandfather recommended I purchase a lottery ticket for enjoyable,” Juliette Lamour from Sault Ste. Marie stated throughout a winner’s celebration at OLG Headquarters

“Once I went to the shop, I wasn’t positive what to ask for as a result of I had by no means purchased a ticket earlier than, so I known as my dad who instructed me to purchase a Lotto 6/49 Fast Decide. I nonetheless can’t imagine I hit the GOLD BALL jackpot on my very first lottery ticket!”

Lamour truly forgot in regards to the ticket she bought till information unfold that the profitable $48 million ticket was bought in Sault Ste. Marie. Her co-worker checked her ticket on the OLG app, and that is when the “Winner/Gagnant” jingle began enjoying.

“My colleague fell to his knees in disbelief,” Lamour stated. “He was yelling, actually everybody was yelling that I received $48 million!”

“I didn’t perceive what was happening at first. I couldn’t course of this information. We type of made a scene within the retailer that day!”

Lamour then known as house to share the good information.

“As a result of I used to be crying – blissful tears – in fact, my mother couldn’t perceive what was happening,” she stated. “Fortunately my dad was in a position to piece collectively that I received the lottery jackpot! I knew I couldn’t deal with work and my boss instructed me I might go house, however my mother needed me to remain and end my shift!”

“My colleagues known as out ‘come and get her,’ and my dad and mom finally got here to select me up.”

Lamour, taking steering from her father who’s a monetary planner, shall be investing most of her cash however continues to pursue her dream to change into a physician in Northern Ontario.

“I needed to go to medical college earlier than profitable the lottery,” she stated. “Now I can pursue this dream with out worrying about grants or loans.”

“As a member the Backyard River First Nation neighborhood, I used to be eligible for academic help applications, however I now not want these assets which suggests another person in the neighborhood can profit from that funding. I actually wish to come again to this space as a physician so I may give again to my neighborhood.”

For extra fast plans, Lamour plans to take some “summer season adventures.”

“As soon as college is completed, my household and I’ll decide a continent and begin exploring,” she stated.

“I’m not a ”sit on the seashore’ sort of individual. I wish to expertise totally different nations, research their historical past and tradition, attempt their meals, and hearken to their language.”

The profitable Lotto 6/49 ticket was bought at Circle Okay on McNabb Avenue in Sault Ste. Marie.

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