A delayed flight home after a Caribbean vacation helped Jerry Carpenter collect $2.5 million.
The 51-year-old engineer from Terrace Bay won a share of the Dec. 28, 2022 Lotto 6/49 jackpot after buying the winning ticket while stuck in Toronto on the way back from a family trip to Punta Cana.
Carpenter said he decided to pick up some tickets while killing time at the airport.
"I shoved them in my bag and forgot about them," he said in an OLG news release. "A month later, I was looking for my daughter’s passport when I came across my tickets. I checked them on the OLG App and was so shocked to discover my win. My wife said she felt numb."
Carpenter said he plans to save for retirement, set aside educations funds for his children, and to travel.
"I would love to take a train around Europe with my wife and kids. And it was always my dream to own a sailboat," he said.
"It feels like a rollercoaster ride. We went from getting stuck in Toronto because of our cancelled flights to winning $2.5 million."