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Hamilton man, former auto worker claims $30 mil OLG prize

09/16/2013 12:10 EDT | Updated 11/16/2013 05:12 EST
Nick Takticos just became a retiree at the age of 35. The Hamilton man and now former auto worked proved his luck – he won a cool $30 million by choosing the winning numbers of the OLG's latest jackpot.

The OLG announced this regular lottery player's Aug. 30 win Monday at a press conference in Toronto. The ticket was bought at Royal Variety and Video on Whitney Avenue.

“I feel great! I’m still in shock but this is amazing,” Takticos said, in press release.

Takticos was an employee at Cambridge's Toyota plant, and to wind down after a night shift, started going through his numbers online.

"I saw that the last line of my ticket had four matching numbers. I got up at that point, thinking ‘I’m so close, which of the next numbers will not match,'" he described.

Once he realized he had the winning digits, Takticos said his first call was to his mom. But even she didn't believe him until she saw the ticket for herself. He took his time claiming his win, letting it all settle in, he said.

Takticos doesn't have plans for how to spend the cash just yet, but said its a "family blessing."

He also isn't sure if he'll remain in his hometown of Hamilton, but doesn't want to stray too far from his beloved Tiger-Cats.

"I’m a huge Hamilton Tiger Cats fan – I go to almost every game. Though now maybe I’ll get season’s tickets, or even better, a private box," he said.

More to come.

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