20 years on, Hamilton construction inspector finally sees lotto windfall


Published September 21, 2023 at 9:59 am

Lotto 649 Hamilton winner Michael Schulz Ancaster

Playing the lottery for over 20 years has finally paid off for a 63-year-old construction inspector from Hamilton.

Michael Schulz, a father of one from Ancaster, won a Lotto 6/49 prize worth $50,000 in the Sept. 2 Lotto 6/49 draw. A Super Draw on Sept. 2 had 20 $50,000 additional prize draws. Schulz, who plays his own numbers, said this was his first big win.

“I was getting ready for work one morning when I scanned the ticket on the OLG app and saw all the zeros appear,” he was quoted in a press release as saying while picking up his winnings at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto. “I didn’t think it was real but signed my ticket just in case. … I kept thinking, ‘Is this for real?’”

But when he returned from work, he said he compared his numbers to the winning numbers and everything matched.

As for what he will do with his prize, Schulz said he will help his son, pay some bills and save it.

He bought the winning ticket at Fortino’s on Wilson Street in Ancaster.

Lotto 6/49 offers two multi-million dollar jackpots every Wednesday and Saturday for the same $3 per play.

inthehammer's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising