CORNWALL, Ontario – Williamsburg resident Arnold Carl Vanallen is living his lottery dream after winning the Guaranteed $1 Million Prize from Lotto 6/49 draw.
“I’ve been playing Lotto 6/49 since the beginning,” said Vanallen, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to claim his prize. “I usually play Quick Picks and buy my tickets on Wednesdays.”
Vanallen, a 62-year-old production supervisor, found out he won while checking his tickets at the store.
“I was shocked. I went home but I didn’t tell my wife right away – I wanted to have a little fun first!”
Married to his wife for 43 years, Vanallen is known for his practical jokes.
“Later, when my wife won $12 on another ticket, she said, ‘Well it’s not $2,000 a week for life but it’s something.’ That’s when I said ‘Well how about a million dollars?’ She was so happy and excited!”
Vanallen plans to save his winnings towards his retirement.
The winning ticket was purchased at Mustard’s Variety on Plaza Drive in Iroquois.