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Amherstburg man wins nearly $160,000 in lottery

Lottery winner holding cheque

An Amherstburg man is almost $160,000 richer thanks to some good luck in the lottery.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced last Thursday that Carl Gatt of Amherstburg “anted up and went ‘All in’ to win the Poker Lotto All In” jackpot worth $154,495.60. The draw was April 23.

The OLG added Gatt also won $5,000 on the instant portion of his Poker Lotto play, bringing his total winnings to $159,495.60.

Gatt, who works as an operations manager, is celebrating his first big win after playing the lottery twice a week for 25 years, the OLG added.  

“I think I scared the poor kid behind me at the store!” he said with a laugh, recounting his winning experience while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto. 

Gatt is married and a father of five and was quick to share the news of his win with his family.

The married father of five was quick to share the news of his win.

“I told my wife and she cried! Winning is a great feeling,” he said.

Gatt told the OLG he plans to take his wife to Paris to celebrate her 50th birthday.  

Poker Lotto players can opt for “All In” for an additional $1 to take a chance on instantly winning a jackpot that starts at $10,000 and grows until it is won.

The winning ticket was purchased at the Simcoe Variety on Simcoe St. in Amherstburg.

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Amherstburg man wins nearly $160,000 in lottery

By RTT Staff


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