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Markham retiree wins $758K jackpot

'My wife didn't believe me when I told her,' Karl Killingbeck says with a laugh
Lightning Lotto_ April 09, 2022_$758,598.90_Karl Killingbeck of Markham
Karl Killingbeck with his winings. Photo supplied.

Karl Killingbeck of Markham was struck by the Lightning Lotto jackpot on April 9, 2022. The top prize had grown to $758,594.90 before it was won! Karl also won $4 on another one of his Lightning Lotto selections, bringing his total winnings to $758,598.90!

The retiree has been playing the lottery for over 30 years. "I won about $3,000 on LOTTO 6/49 a long time ago and won $2,500 a couple years ago," he shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque.

The father and grandfather said when he saw Big Winner appear on the lottery terminal, it took a few minutes for it to sink in. "My wife didn't believe me when I told her," he laughed.

He plans to pay some bills, travel and share with family.

OLG is booking in-person prize claim appointments at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto. We strongly encourage those with claims between $1,000 and $49,999.90 to submit them online or mail them, as appointment availability at this prize level is limited. Submitting claims online is fast and secure. Customers with prizes over $50,000 are asked to call 1-800-387-0098 to discuss available prize claim options.

LIGHTNING LOTTO players can win a jackpot on the spot! Match all five numbers in any one line on your Lightning Lotto ticket with those drawn earlier that day to win the jackpot. The top prize starts at $125,000 and grows with ticket sales. Each $2 Quick Pick consists of three lines of five numbers from 1 to 49. LIGHTNING LOTTO is available exclusively at lottery retailers. Odds of winning any prize are 1 in 4.47. For more information on How to Play as well as full prize details and odds of winning, visit

The winning ticket was purchased at Newly Elson's Variety & Gift on Elson Street in Markham.