SUDBURY -- Joseph Sutherland of Moosonee is $77,777 richer after winning with INSTANT TRIPLING RED 7S, an Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. scratch ticket.

Sutherland, a 62-year old married trapper, was walking down the road playing his ticket when he discovered his win.

“I took it to the store right away,” he said while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque. “I was scared. I’ve never won the lottery before.”

The father and grandfather plans to share his winnings with his grandchildren, and plans to save some for himself.

“It feels good,” he said.

The winning ticket was purchased at Moosonee’s Necessities on Ferguson Road in Moosonee.

The OLG Prize Centre in Toronto is now accepting in-person prize claim appointments for winning-ticket holders of $10,000 or more. Appointments for prizes of this value will be granted if requested, however prizes up to $49,999.90 do not have to be claimed in-person and customers are encouraged to continue to mail in these claims when possible.

To best protect customers and staff, OLG has put in place appropriate health and safety protocols in accordance with guidelines from public health officials, which include physical distancing measures, the mandatory use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the pre-screening of visitors before granting entry.

Future announcements will be made as to when OLG will open appointments to anyone wishing to claim their prize in-person at the Prize Centre.