An Ontario man is now hundreds of thousands of dollars richer after buying a lottery ticket that won him a shot at The Big Spin wheel.
Kevin Harte, who lives in Hamilton, is now 35 years old, but has been playing the lottery since he turned 18.
“I decided to pick up an Instant Ticket one day,” he said. “I took it home and forgot about it for a few days.”
After scratching the $5 ticket, Harte was stunned—he had just won a spin.
“I immediately took it to the store,” he recalled.
The win meant Harte would have to head to the OLG Prize Center in Toronto to spin the giant wheel, which offers players a chance to win guaranteed prizes ranging from $100,000 to $500,000.
“I knew I was coming to the prize center,” he said. “I was excited when I walked into the room.”
Watch Harte’s big moment below:
After turning the wheel, Harte is now more than a quarter of a million dollars richer.
“I was excited to see it go to $275,000,” he said. “[The wheel is] heavier than I thought.”
Harte has no big plans for his winnings yet, although he admits that the money “will help a lot”.
For now, he’s putting it away in the bank and plans to consult a financial advisor.
But the sports fan also has fun plans.
“A vacation might be in my future,” he said, smiling. “I’m an NFL fan, so maybe I’ll make a trip to see my favorite team play.”
The winning ticket was purchased at Mac’s on Mohawk Road in Hamilton.