$20 million Lotto Max winner dumbfounded 0
John Mason, 75, a longtime resident of Orillia, picked up his $20.6M Lotto Max prize in Toronto, Monday. SUBMITTED
ORILLIA, Ont. -- A single senior picked up a cheque for $20.6 million Monday, the sole winner of Friday's Lotto Max jackpot.
“You can't get it in cash. You'd need a dump truck,” John Mason, 75, joked in a phone interview from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. office in Toronto.
“It was dumbfounding. It was hard to believe,” Mason said of how he felt when he realized his ticket was the big winner.
Mason bought the $5 Lotto Max ticket from Laclie Guardian Pharmacy in Orillia Thursday and checked the ticket Saturday.
“I get the results at the store and get the numbers along with my newspapers," he said. "I saw I had a winner and went back over and got it validated.”
The big win felt "really good,” he added.
The former union electrician retired eight years ago and has been living in Orillia on and off for the past 30 years.
“I'm planning on buying a nice home in Orillia and a new vehicle, and then taking care of my family,” he said.
Mason doesn't have children, but he has brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.
Mason said he has travelled to Florida in past winters and will most likely hit up a warmer climate again this winter.
“I'm thinking of going somewhere warm for the winter," he said. "It might be Hawaii.”