By Jessica Corriveau
A Trenton man beat the odds on Jan. 25 and won $100,000 in OLG’s Poker Lotto.
In a 1 in 2,598,960 chance, Ben Leavey, 50, took home the top prize in the nightly draw
of Poker Lotto, an Ontario lottery game in which traditional lotto numbers are replaced with regular playing cards.
Cards are randomly selected, offering both instant in-store wins for poker hands of up to $5,000, as well as the nightly prize draws of up to $100,000, both on $2 tickets
Leavey’s five-card match winning ticket was purchased at Daisy Mart on Dundas Street in Trenton.
The father of two plans to use his winnings to fulfill his financial obligations and place a down-payment on a house.
“I’m pretty excited!” smiled Leavey while claiming his prize at the OLG Prize Center in Toronto.
The prize was well timed for Leavey, having been laid off from his job in December. He is a regular lottery player and said he enjoys playing Lotto 6/49, Super 7, and Poker Lotto.
Leavey declined to be interviewed by The Pioneer.