SIX NATIONS — Two area men have hit the jackpot with subsequent lottery wins in February.
Mervyn Hill, 53, of Six Nations won $1000 a week for life on a scratch ticket with Instant Cash For Life.
Hill opted for the lump sum payment of $675,000.
Mervyn, a 53-year-old industrial painter, said his original plans to run errands were derailed when he decided to go sledding with his nephews instead. “I did my errands the following day, which is when I purchased this ticket,” he shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his winnings. “I was scratching my ticket and stopped halfway through to play with my nephews in the snow.”
When he went back to his ticket later that afternoon, that’s when he realized he won. “I had to sit down – I almost fell in shock. Once it sank in, I was fist pumping the air!”
Mervyn said this win makes him feel relieved and happy. “It’s been tough times during the pandemic and now I can pitch in and help my family. I’ve never been a wealthy guy, but I’ve shared everything I have to take care of my family and help the people who are important to me.”
Mervyn plans to take care of his family with his win. “I’ll save some for myself and take care of my siblings, nieces, nephews and most importantly, my mom,” he concluded.
The winning ticket was purchased at Hagersville Convenience on Main Street in Hagersville.
A second Six Nations man also hit it big in the lottery with a win of $1,134,909.70 in the February 6, 2021 LOTTARIO draw.
Ronald Johnson, 79, of Ohsweken collected his winnings in Toronto on March 11.
“I was checking my numbers against the winning numbers and realized they matched,” he shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his winnings. “I called my wife into the room to take a look –
we were shocked!”
Ronald, a grandfather to 11 and great grandfather to 16 said he is looking forward to celebrating this win with his family when it’s safe to gather again. “When this is over, we’re going to hold a big family fish fry to celebrate this win and the end of the pandemic,” he concluded.
The winning ticket was purchased at the CNIB Kiosk in Walmart on Garner Road in Ancaster.