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Sudbury senior gobbles up $100K with lotto ticket she bought on Thanksgiving

Reita Lukkarila says she will share her winnings with family

Reita Lukkarila has a lot to be thankful for after winning $100,000 with Ontario Lottery Gaming’s Instant Hot Card.

Lukkarila, an 89-year-old retired schoolteacher, said she loves to play instant games. 

“I like to try the new games – I purchased this one on Thanksgiving weekend,” she said.

The great-grandmother didn’t realize her ticket was a winner at first. 

“After I scratched it, I stuffed it into my purse. After Thanksgiving weekend, I pulled it out to have another look and wondered how I originally thought it was not a winner. I called my son over to double-check.”

Lukkarila said she’s still in disbelief about the prize. 

“It’s an awful lot of money to get for a $5 ticket,” she said. “It’s unbelievable and a wonderful gift.”

She said she plans to share her win with her loved ones. 

“My family is everything to me,” she said.

The winning ticket was purchased at Battistellis’ Independent Grocer on Regional Road 24 in Lively.

A photo of the winner was not available.