Denielle Elliott of Port Hope has won $1 million in the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s Ultimate Instant lottery.
She was one of the top prize winners from the draw held on December 31.
While the Ultimate Instant lottery costs $100 per play, the odds of winning one of the 40 $1 million prizes available are around 1 in 25,000 — the most favourable odds for a prize of this value offered by OLG.
“I decided to buy one because of the great odds to win $1 million,” said Elliott, an occasional lottery player, while at the OLG prize centre in Toronto to pick up her winnings.
Elliott purchased her winning ticket at Davis’ Your Independent Grocer on Jocelyn Street in Port Hope. She found out she had beaten the odds while at the grocery store.
“I decided to check my ticket and when I saw the big winner screen I was stunned — it didn’t feel real,” she said.
Elliott said she plans to use the $1 million to pay off her mortgage, complete some home renovations, and have some fun.
“I have special people in my life who will enjoy this win with me,” she said. “I plan to celebrate with a girl’s trip for some fun in the sun.”