February 7, 2018 11:05 am
Updated: February 8, 2018 8:04 pm

Hamilton-area couple wins $23.3-million Lotto 6-49 jackpot

Sandra and Robert Donaldson of Smithville won $23.3 million on Lotto 6-49.


A retired Smithville couple have been revealed as the winners of a $23.3-million Lotto 6-49 jackpot.

Robert (Bob) and Sandra Donaldson picked up their cheque at Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation headquarters in Toronto on Wednesday.

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The pair, who have been married for 36 years, said they plan to share their winnings with family as well as buy a new car — and a walk-in closet.

Bob, a former manager at Dofasco, was away in China when Sandra found out about the lottery win, and didn’t tell him until nearly a week later when he came home.

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“He wouldn’t [have believed] me,” Sandra said of why she didn’t mention it. “He was travelling all over the place. There was no way I was going to tell somebody over the phone.”

Bob said he cried “like a baby” when he found out.

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One lone ticket had the right combination of numbers to score the jackpot for the Jan. 27 Lotto 6-49 draw.

The winning ticket was bought at a Rexall in Smithville.

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