Advertisement

$65M lottery winner from York Region says he wants to ‘make the world a better place’

Click to play video: 'York Region man who won $65M looking to use money for ‘good’' York Region man who won $65M looking to use money for ‘good’
WATCH: York Region man who won $65M looking to use money for ‘good’ – Jul 17, 2021

A 41-year-old man from Ontario’s York Region who won a $65-million lottery jackpot said he wants to use the money “to try to make the world a better place.”

Jansen Ng, who’s an occasional lottery player from East Gwillimbury, bought a Lotto Max ticket for the July 6 draw at a local gas station while he was out playing Pokemon Go.

Read more: Tuesday’s $65 million Lotto Max jackpot won by Ontario ticket holder

“I had heard on the news that the jackpot had been won in my local municipality of York Region, but it didn’t really click that it could be me,” Ng said in a statement Thursday.

“A few days after the draw, I went to check the ticket on a ticket checker, and the message said, ‘Please see retailer.’ I thought the ticket checker was malfunctioning and decided to check the ticket at home on the OLG Lottery App.”

Story continues below advertisement

It was then when Ng saw the words “big winner,” but he didn’t believe them to be true, so he checked on a couple other devices.

Finally, Ng went back to the store with his ticket and the terminal announced he won.

Click to play video: 'Alberta’s first COVID-19 vaccine lottery winner encourages others to get the vaccine' Alberta’s first COVID-19 vaccine lottery winner encourages others to get the vaccine
Alberta’s first COVID-19 vaccine lottery winner encourages others to get the vaccine – Jul 1, 2021

After Ng realized he won the jackpot, he got super excited and visited his pastor for spiritual and moral advice.

“I felt the responsibility of this win immediately,” he said. “I wanted to be sure to use this money responsibly, so I felt my pastor was the best person to work through that with me.”

Ng said he plans to continue to support the charities he works with and that he’s looking at ways to set up other organizations and non-profits.

Story continues below advertisement

Ng is a former military member, and during his service, he experienced a traumatic brain injury that led to his retirement. As a result, he plans to help other veterans deal with non-visible injuries that lead to worsened quality of life.

Read more: 2 winning tickets sold in Ontario, B.C. will share Tuesday’s $70 million Lotto Max jackpot

“At one point, I was almost homeless because I didn’t know how to deal with my injury,” Ng said.

“I was struggling with making decisions and some of the things I did were strange and irrational, but I kept the true cause hidden from the people around me. I hope to help some who are struggling as I did without having to face more personal hardships.”

When it comes to future splurges, Ng said he wants to buy a new electric car to replace his current hybrid vehicle.

Ng insists his new wealth won’t change him, though. He said he still plans to donate blood every two months and to cut his own hair.

“People buy lottery tickets because of hope. Hope has been diminished a bit for some because of the pandemic, but I want to encourage everyone to hang in there,” Ng added.

“Look forward to tomorrow. Who knows, you might win the lottery as well.”

Story continues below advertisement

The winning ticket was purchased at Marina’s Express Mart on Leslie Street in Sharon, Ont.

Click to play video: '$117 million up for grabs in Lotto Max draw' $117 million up for grabs in Lotto Max draw
$117 million up for grabs in Lotto Max draw – Jun 8, 2021

Sponsored content