A Cobourg, Ont., man lived out a “Price is Right” dream by dropping a chip on a real Plinko board to claim a $500,000 prize.
According to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG), Brian Beckman, 59, claimed the half-million-dollar prize after initially earning a chance to compete in the popular game based on the television game show.
Beckman’s $5 Instant Plinko ticket purchased at the CNIB Kiosk in Walmart on Strathy Road in Cobourg indicated he had won an in-store chip. That earned him a chance to drop a chip on the Plinko board at the OLG’s prize centre in Toronto.
“I handed my ticket to the clerk because I won an in-store chip, then became distracted,” he said. “I didn’t realize what happened until OLG called the store — it felt surreal.”
Beckman then visited the prize centre and competed in the game and watched his chip land in the $500,000 marker.
“I was expecting maybe $200,000 or $300,000 — then it landed on the big one. It was fantastic,” he said.
Beckman plans to use his winnings to purchase a new truck and share with family and friends while enjoying his retirement.
“I will never forget this moment.”