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Flam bam, thank you ma'am!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012   by: Staff

TORONTO - (Dec. 24, 2012) - It's turning out to be a magical holiday season for Thornhill resident Susan Flam.

The homemaker and fundraiser discovered during a stop to buy some groceries, that she is the winner of the $50 million Lotto Max jackpot prize from the December 21, 2012 draw.

Flam, in her mid-60s, made the trip to the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto today to claim her prize with her husband and close friends.

Although she is still shocked over the win, she is sure about how this is going to change many lives.

"For me, this is the best pay it forward I could ask for. This is not going to change my life - it's what I can do for others that will make me happy!" Flam explained.

The mother of two and grandmother of five was expecting a quiet holiday season when she checked her Lotto Max ticket on Saturday.

"We were heading up north for a holiday visit and stopped to get some supplies. We didn't expect anything like this to happen. When we discovered we had won $50 million, I couldn't breathe and my husband couldn't speak. It still hasn't sunk in," said Flam.

She stressed that even with this large windfall, it's all about health and happiness.

"Money isn't important. This is a very wonderful gift we've been given, but I'm not an extravagant person. As long as I know everyone is well, that's what matters to me!" she said.

This winning ticket from the December 21, 2012 draw is the sixth winning Lotto Max jackpot ticket in Ontario in 2012.

Since its launch in September 2009, Ontario Lott Max players have won over $1.5 billion in prizes, including 26 jackpot wins and 155 winning Maximillions tickets from all across the province.

The winning ticket was purchased at Gateway Newstands at Fairview Mall in Toronto.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, casinos, slots, and resort casinos have generated more than $36 billion for the benefit of the Province of Ontario. 

Gaming proceeds support Ontario's hospitals, amateur sport, recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities and non-profit organizations through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

"Know Your Limit. Play Within it"



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Dead End Kid 12/25/2012 5:19:30 PM Report

I hate her! Just kidding but seriously, why not have fifty,million dollar draws instead. No reason for anyone to be greedy.
opinionated 12/25/2012 5:36:55 PM Report

That's why they do the "Max Millions" now. The main draw tops off at $50 million (the main attraction for people to buy tickets) and then the max millions start adding up (additional draws of a million dollars). The longer no one wins the more max millions there are.

This is the best of both worlds, large winning draw to attract people, and more opportunities to win smaller amounts. Good system in my opinion.

Congrats to Ms Flam and her family, an amazing Christmas gift!
bounder 12/25/2012 7:11:25 PM Report

Being politicaly correct,I believe it's ,(slam bam,thank you mam),I hate her too,not really,just jealous.
Biggfinn 12/25/2012 7:23:56 PM Report

I win every day since I don't gamble :)
JustMe1234567 12/25/2012 8:11:09 PM Report


The actual term would be wham bam, thank you maam.
But her last name if Flam, so they changed it, get it?
I hate her too. Kidding!
Wow, just imagine getting 50 mil for xmas. wow wow WOW would I be one happy camper!
j.r.98 12/25/2012 9:19:47 PM Report

Congrats , and to Biggfinn.... If Susan Flam is 65 and has played this game or any 3 dollar game every Friday from the time she turned 18 this payout would of cost her approximately $7,332. Cheaper then a beer or a cigar or an evening at the movies. That being said i am very jealous of her but wish i was the winner
Norm 12/25/2012 10:46:52 PM Report

Sounds like a very sensible woman. She wants to make other people happy with the windfall. Good for her, just hope it doesn't change her.
haywire 12/26/2012 1:05:15 AM Report

every time i play it i just donate to the 1 that wins so i quit playing i never win LOL it would be nice tho
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