A man who’s been playing the lotto once a week for 25 years has finally scored a jackpot.
Morris Zakamarko of Waterford, Ont. says he always plays the Quick Picks and while it's taken a few decades, it’s certainly paid off.
The 68-year-old remembers the Sunday morning he learned that his luck had changed for the better.
“I went out to grab a coffee and a printout of the winning numbers,” he said. “I handed the slip to my wife to check while I went out.”
Upon returning home, Zakamarko’s wife was eager to share the news.
“She stared at me and said, ‘You have to check this,’” he recalled. “And to my surprise, I saw I was a winner! I was thrilled!”
The retiree won $205,709.40 in the second prize of the August 20 Lotto 6/49 draw. He described the feeling of finally winning the lotto as “a kind of joy words can’t describe.”
A home renovation project and a new car are some of the things Zakamarko plans to put his winnings towards. His winning ticket was bought at a convenience store in Waterford.
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