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$11-million lottery winner plans to work until September

Derek Francis bought his winning 6/49 ticket in Innisfil
2019-03-26 lotto winner Derek Francis
Derek Francis. Photo provided by OLG

TORONTO - Congratulations to Derek Francis of Belle Ewart after winning $11 million in the March 20, 2019 Lotto 6/49 draw.

"This is my first major win!" smiled Derek, a 57-year-old coffee company employee, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his winnings. “Though I did win $1,900 with Lotto 6/49 years ago.”

The father of three and grandfather of five checked his ticket on his way in to work. "I didn’t believe it, even after I looked at the numbers and saw they all matched,” he smiled. “I still went into work,” he laughed.

Derek plans on investing, buying a camping trailer and taking an Alaskan cruise. “I’ll also put aside some of my winnings for family college funds. My kids will have to go to school if they want some of the money,” he laughed.

“It feels like I’m free – it’s such a sensation, but I’m still going to work until September," he smiled.

Since its launch in June 1982, Ontario Lotto 6/49 players have won over $12.5 billion in prizes, including 1,370 jackpot wins and 270 guaranteed $1 million prize draws.
The winning ticket was purchased at Genuwin Gifts and Gadgets on Industrial Park Road in Innisfil.