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Two northerners win big lottery prizes

Colleen Gill of Kirkland Lake is celebrating after winning $250,000 in the Instant Crossword Deluxe. (Supplied) Colleen Gill of Kirkland Lake is celebrating after winning $250,000 in the Instant Crossword Deluxe. (Supplied)
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Two people from northern Ontario are richer by a few hundred thousand dollars after winning two recent lottery prizes.

Colleen Gill of Kirkland Lake is celebrating after winning $250,000 in the Instant Crossword Deluxe.

"I decided to pick up some tickets for Family Day,” Gill said in a news release Wednesday from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.

"I played my ticket after our family dinner when everyone went home. I saw all these words matching and I was so excited. I said to my husband, 'I think I won!'"

Gill said she was “shaking” when she was claiming the ticket.

"My husband and I celebrated together," she said.

"We will split this win between myself, my husband and my adult children. It feels good to give them a gift like this. I plan to treat myself to a sunny beach destination to relax.”

The winning ticket was purchased at A-One Variety on Government Road in Kirkland Lake.

In Sault Ste. Marie, meanwhile, Gale Doan won $100,000 when she matched the last six of seven Encore numbers in the exact order in the Oct. 14, 2023 Lotto 6/49 draw.

The winning ticket was purchased at Wellington Square Drug Mart on Trunk Road in Sault Ste. Marie.

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