Arnprior man wins Encore’s $100,000 prize

ARNPRIOR – Saying yes to Encore paid off for Steven Warren of Arnprior. Warren matched the last six of seven Encore numbers in exact order in the May 1, Lotto Max draw to win $100,000.

Warren, a 53-year old married father of one, discovered his win when he woke up early the day after the draw.

“I realized the win and I couldn’t believe it. I woke my wife and son up at 4 a.m. to tell them,” he laughed, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque. “I was in shock. I never thought I would be at the OLG Prize Centre in my entire life.”

The family man plans to use his winnings to pay off some bills and might do some work on his home. “The rest will be saved as a nest egg for our family’s future,” Warren said.

The OLG Prize Centre in Toronto has resumed in-person prize claims for winning-ticket holders of $50,000 or more by-appointment only. To best protect customers and staff, OLG has put in place appropriate health and safety protocols in accordance with guidelines from public health officials, which include physical distancing measures, the mandatory use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the pre-screening of visitors before granting entry. Currently, OLG is reaching out to major prize winners ($50,000+) who have been unable to claim their prizes due to COVID-19 to schedule appointments for in-person prize claims. In the coming weeks, OLG will open appointments to anyone wishing to claim their prize in-person at the Prize Centre.

The winning ticket was purchased at Mr. Gas on Daniel Street in Arnprior.