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Sault's latest lottery winner was 'smiling ear to ear'

77-year-old retiree won $100K playing Instant Kings; 'It’s such a life changing feeling that you have to be in my shoes to understand'
OLG winner Franklin Driver

A local retiree says he plans to invest and maybe take a trip after winning the $100,000 top prize playing Instant Kings.

“It’s such a life changing feeling, that you have to be in my shoes to understand,” says 77-year-old Franklin Driver, in a news release issued by OLG.

Full text of the release follows:

Franklin Driver of Sault Ste. Marie is $100,000 richer after winning with Instant Kings (Game #2353).

Franklin, a 77-year-old retiree, said he’s been playing the lottery for over 50 years, and this is his first big win! “I purchased some tickets, and the last ticket I played was the winner. I couldn’t believe it – I was smiling ear to ear – the biggest smile of my life!” he shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his winnings.

“My son was with me and was equally shocked! We headed home to tell my wife. I had to show her my ticket before she believed it. She was so happy and said I was deserving of this,” he smiled.

Franklin said the winning feeling is something he can’t explain. “It’s such a life changing feeling, that you have to be in my shoes to understand.”

He plans to invest his winnings and possibly take a trip.

Instant Kings is available for $5 and the top prize is $100,000. Odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.97. Visit the Instant page on for more information on this and other great games.

The winning ticket was purchased at New York News on Bay Street in Sault Ste. Marie.

OLG supports safe play and wants to keep the fun in the game. That’s why OLG is proud to be a leader in promoting responsible gambling with our globally recognized PlaySmart program.

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