A lucky Ontario man who won a $100,000 jackpot prize from a scratch-off lottery ticket just five months ago continued his winning streak by bagging another lottery prize of $88,888.
James Courtemanche, 43, of Sudbury, Ontario, reportedly won a $100,000 prize on an Instant Money Match ticket in August 2021. Just five months after his first lottery win, Courtemanche has continued his winning streak by bagging another lottery prize of $88,888 on Jan. 12 after scratching an Instant Wild 8 game that he bought from the same store, Sudbury reported.
Courtemanche reportedly bought the winning Instant Wild 8 ticket from Minnow Lake Kwik Way on Bancroft Drive in Sudbury and took it home to scratch it off. He won a prize pot of $88,888 on the Jan. 12 scratch-off. At first, he wasn’t sure if the ticket was a winner until he scanned it with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) app, United Press International reported.
“I was here in August 2021 to collect a $100,000 prize on an Instant Money Match ticket,” Courtemanche said. “I purchased this ticket at the same store as my previous win.”
The winner visited lottery headquarters five months earlier to collect a $100,000 jackpot from an Instant Money Match ticket he bought from the same store.
“I couldn’t believe it happened again! I was so surprised, and then I remembered good things happen in 3’s, so I’m ready for my next one,” Courtemanche said.
When asked about what he plans to do with the prize money, the winner said that he does not have any immediate plans for his cash winnings due to the current pandemic situation.
“With the current pandemic, it’s not a good time to make plans. I’m still waiting to book a trip from my first winnings,” he said.
In a similar but unrelated incident, a Virginia man reportedly won his second lottery jackpot in a lifetime after collecting a $1-million prize after winning a $100,000 lumpsum in 2002, Latin Times reported.
The winner, identified as Alvin Copeland, of Suffolk, won $1 million after matching the first five numbers during Cash4Life’s Dec. 4, 2021 draw.
Copeland reportedly bought his winning ticket at a 7-Eleven on Centerbrooke Lane in Suffolk. He had the option of choosing between earning $1,000 in deposits every week for life or a lump sum payout of $1 million.
“I feel delicious right now!” Copeland said as he collected his lump sum prize.
This isn’t lucky Copeland’s first lottery win. He had previously won $100,000 after matching all five numbers in the Cash 5 game in June 2002.