BY KELLY ROCHE
Trevor Thorpe says he told his financial advisor he wasn’t in a position to retire anytime soon.
In a matter of days, the 67-year-old is now flip-flopping.
The Mississauga father of four is looking at retiring this spring following a $500,000 Lotto Max Maxmillions win in the Jan. 6 draw.
Thorpe says he went to play the lottery right after the meeting, redeeming a ‘free play’ from a previous ticket.
“Little did I know that ticket would turn out to be a big winner,” Thorpe said.
After scanning the winning ticket on Jan. 7, Thorpe says he told his family the big news.
Now he’s planning to renovate his house, in addition to gifting his kids.
“The rest will be saved. I can now enjoy life, stress-free, and hopefully, winter-free,” he said.
The winning ticket was purchased at Kang Duo Inc. on Burnhamthorpe Rd. in Mississauga.
Thorpe isn’t the only Mississauga resident smiling these days.
Lubelia Furtado, 58, is celebrating after winning the $100,000 top prize with Instant Crossword Tripler.
“At first I thought I won $100,” said Furtado while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto where she picked up her winnings.
On the way home, she phoned her kids to share the news.
“Both my sons had a hard time believing I won. They told me to put the ticket away in a safe place,” said Furtado.
“When I got home, my husband was online, looking at trips to Cuba.”
She says she told him to book a trip because they were definitely going.
“He looked at me and said, ‘How?’ Then I pulled out the ticket and showed him the amount,” she said.
“He immediately got emotional and hugged me. He wouldn’t let go. That night we waited for our sons to arrive and celebrated with a big dinner.”
Furtado says she’ll be giving her kids down payments to buy houses in Montreal, where they live.
The winning ticket was purchased at the Ticket House on Front St. in Toronto.