Huron County resident celebrates lottery win

Bill Ward wins lottery

A Seaforth resident has won the top prize in a an instant lottery game.

William (Bill) Ward of Seaforth is $77,777 richer after winning with INSTANT 777.

The 69-year-old retiree said, “I bought some tickets at the gas station and sat down with my wife to enjoy a drink and play them,” he shared. “The first couple of tickets weren’t winners, but then I played this one. I thought there was something wrong with it.”

Bill went to the gas station to have it checked, and sure enough he got a big surprise. “That light was flashing ‘Big Winner’ – that’s when I knew it was real. You wouldn’t believe how happy I was,” he smiled.

Bill plans to complete a few things arounds the house then celebrate a little.

A release from Ontario Lottery and Gaming pointed out that in accordance with government-issued lockdown measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, OLG is currently limiting the number of in-person prize claim appointments at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to only those that require a face-to-face interview. Customers with prizes over $50,000 are asked to call 1-800-387-0098 to discuss available prize claim options. Prize claims up to $49,999.90 should continue to be submitted by mail. The health and safety of our customers and employees remains our top priority and OLG looks forward to providing future updates on the availability of in-person prize claims.

INSTANT 777 is available for $5 and the top prize is $77,777. Odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.61. Visit the INSTANT page on for more information on other great games.