Sault Ste. Marie grandmother wins more than $75K in poker lottery
Elsie Vertulia won Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's Poker Lotto All In jackpot on Jan. 25 worth $75,165.40. (Supplied)
SUDBURY -- A 71-year-old grandmother from Sault Ste. Marie has won more than $75,000 playing a poker lottery game.
Elsie Vertulia won Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's Poker Lotto All In jackpot on Jan. 25 worth $70,165.40. She also earned an extra $5,000 prize in the instant portion of the game.
She bought the ticket after asking the cashier for a recommendation.
"I bought some tickets, then asked the cashier to recommend another because I had some money left," Vertulia said. "I can’t stop thinking about how this happened. It took about five days before I started to accept this could be real."
She said she was in "complete disbelief" when she won.
"I went home and said to my husband, 'I'm buying a new truck,' and showed him my ticket. He was shocked," Vertulia said.
She plans to buy a fully-loaded red truck with her winnings.
"I’ll be driving it around my neighbourhood with a big smile on my face," Vertulia said.
The winning ticket was purchased at Mac's on Boundary Road in Sault Ste. Marie.