Retired medical professional Peter Hayashida of Pickering has kept a pretty big secret these last few months. Now, Peter is ready to share his news and claim his prize. Peter is the winner of the $20,531,317.50 jackpot from the October 8, 2016 LOTTO 6/49 draw.
“I was running errands a few days after the draw and decided to quickly scan my tickets at the ticket checker,” recalled Peter while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto where he picked up his windfall. “I saw BIG WINNER on the screen but needed to use another ticket checker to be absolutely sure. I was so surprised and in total shock.”
Peter arrived home and immediately told his wife to sit down. “She was worried that something was wrong. When I shared the news, she was expressionless – shocked just like I was,” he smiled.
Peter’s big news has been a well-guarded secret ever since. “I needed to get all my affairs in order, talk to an accountant and start to think about the future,” he shared. “Immediate plans include travel to a hot destination with my family and friends.”
There are longer-term goals for this windfall as well. “I want to do good things with this money,” said Peter. “This money secures my family’s future and will help take care of others too. My dream is to eventually set up a charitable trust or foundation.”
The winning ticket was purchased at the Centenary Health Centre on 2863 Ellesmere Road in Toronto.