An Ennismore widowed father says he will use hit Lotto Max winnings to help his two daughters.
Tony Gallucci was the winner of a $1 million Lotto Max MaxMillion draw on Jan. 7. He purchased his ticket at Causeway Variety on Robinson Road in Ennismore.
He learned about his big win the next day.
“I stopped in for gas and decided to check my numbers. I used the ticket checker and suddenly saw the words, ‘Big Winner’ appear on the screen. I thought I won $1,000,” he stated in a release from the OLG.
. “The retailer was telling me about a recent customer who won $500. I said, ‘I think I have them beat.’ Keep in mind I thought I won $1,000. After the ticket was validated, OLG called the store and at the end of the conversation I was told I won $1 million! All I could say was, ‘Are you kidding me?’ As soon as I walked out of the store I let out the biggest scream!”
Gallucci lost his wife to cancer in 2009 and says the years since have been challenging.
“When I lost my wife I decided I would be a stay-at-home dad to my two beautiful daughters. They are the most important people in my life. The day we found out about my win, we celebrated as a family with a special dinner at our girls’ favourite restaurant.”
Special plans are already underway for his big win.
“Both my daughters will be attending university in the future and now I can breathe easy, knowing their education is paid for. I am also planning to whisk them away on a fantastic vacation to Europe,” he said.
Gallucci loves vintage cars and may treat himself to a 1965 Corvette Stingray or a 1969 Camaro.
“Winning the lottery means an even brighter future for my girls and the freedom to enjoy life,” he said.