An Oshawa mom is looking forward to buying some new clothes and moving into a bigger home after winning the quarter-million dollar top prize with OLG’s Instant Crossword.
Margaret Pennells says she was relaxing at home with some family and neighbours when she uncovered her $250,000 prize.
“I was taking my time and had a ton of interruptions when I finally realized that I had enough words – but then I took another look,” she shared. “I used the OLG Lottery App on my phone to scan my ticket and saw the ‘Big Winner’ message and started freaking out!”
The 54-year-old school bus driver thought she won $25,000 and ran to tell her husband.
“That’s when he pointed out the other zeros to me and I realized I had won $250,000,” Pennells laughed. “I was shaking and had tears in my eyes and then my family started talking about how they wanted to spend my money.”
Pennells says she’s planning to pay off some bills with her winnings, then go out for a little bit of shopping.
“I’ll treat myself to some new clothes, but I’m going to make the most of this win,” she added.
She’s also thinking about buying a house with a bathtub.
“I’m so excited. I’ve never won this kind of money before,” Pennell concluded. “I’ve come a long way in my life to get to this moment and I am so thrilled at the thought of having a proper bathtub to take a nice relaxing bath – that’s pure joy.”
The winning ticket was purchased at The Pantry on Park Road in Oshawa.