Markham woman wins $269K when trying new lottery game


Norma Eisa of Markham was struck by the Lightning Lotto jackpot on Jan. 1, 2021. The top prize, which started at $125,000, had grown to $269,416.50 before it was won.

Norma, 51, said she tried Lightning Lotto because it was a new game. “I was checking my other tickets, then decided to give this new game a try,” she shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up her winnings. “I knew I won something big when OLG called!”

Norma said the reality of her win didn’t set in until a few days later. “I’m so grateful for this win. It’s a calming feeling.”

“I’m going to pay some bills and keep a small amount to treat myself,” she smiled.

In accordance with government-issued lockdown measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, OLG is currently limiting the number of in-person prize claim appointments at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to only those that require a face-to-face interview.

Customers with prizes over $50,000 are asked to call 1-800-387-0098 to discuss available prize claim options. Prize claims up to $49,999.90 should continue to be submitted by mail. The health and safety of our customers and employees remains our top priority and OLG looks forward to providing future updates on the availability of in-person prize claims.

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.