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Peterborough painter wins $250,000 on lottery scratch ticket

Ilias Koutoulakis, 54, of Peterborough, earned the top prize on an Instant Crossword Deluxe ticket. OLG

A Peterborough painter will buy himself a birthday pie and more after earning $250,000 on a lottery scratch ticket.

According to the OLG, Ilias Koutoulakis, 54, of Peterborough, earned the top prize on an Instant Crossword Deluxe ticket.

He purchased the winning ticket at Circle K on Hunter St. in downtown Peterborough. The ticket is $10 and the odds of winning a prize are 1 in 3.45, according to the OLG.

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“I scanned the ticket three times and didn’t believe my eyes,” he recalled while checking his ticket at a retailer.

“I waited in the store for the call from OLG and I felt surreal in that moment.”

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Koutoulakis says he hasn’t made any plans yet for his windfall.

“No decisions will be made until that money is in the bank,” he said. “Otherwise, I am spending money I don’t have. But I’ll buy myself a Boston cream pie for my birthday.”

“I’m happy with my life but this win is added comfort,” he added.

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