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Ontario man wins a second lottery jackpot with scratch-off from same store

Ontario man wins a second lottery jackpot with scratch-off from same store
James Courtemanche of Sudbury, Ontario, won two lottery jackpots in five months with scratch-off tickets purchased from the same store. Photo courtesy of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.

Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A Canadian man collected a $71,000 prize from a scratch-off lottery ticket just five months after winning an $80,000 jackpot from a ticket bought from the same store.

James Courtemanche, 43, of Sudbury, Ontario, told Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. officials he bought an Instant Wild 8 ticket from Minnow Lake Kwik Way in Sudbury and took it home to scratch it off.

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Courtemanche said he wasn't sure if the ticket was a winner until he scanned it with the OLG app, revealing a prize of $71,102.40.

The winner previously visited lottery headquarters five months earlier to collect an $80,000 jackpot from an Instant Money Match ticket he bought from the same store.

"I couldn't believe it happened again! I was so surprised -- and then I remembered good things happen in 3's, so I'm ready for my next one," Courtemanche told OLG officials.

The winner said he does not have any immediate plans for his prize money.

"With the current pandemic, it's not a good time to make plans. I'm still waiting to book a trip from my first winnings," he said.

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