TORONTO — A York Region resident and 14-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces claimed the $65 million Lotto Max jackpot on Thursday.
Jansen Ng of East Gwillimbury received his life-changing prize outside of the Steam Whistle Brewery, revealing that he was nearly homeless following a traumatic brain injury that forced him to retire from the military.
On July 6, the 41-year-old was out playing Pokemon Go when he noticed a gas station nearby. At 10:30 p.m., he decided to buy a ticket.
“Sometimes all it takes is just play,” he said. “You don’t win if you don’t play, right.”
A few days later, he went to the station and scanned his tickets, but had trouble with a couple, so he walked over to the retailer who joked that he must have broken the machine because he won the jackpot.
Little did he know—he did.
Describing himself as “spiritual,” Ng said he saw his win as God’s gift. “I’ve just been entrusted to take care of it for a little while.” The first person who he told about the jackpot win was his pastor.
Speaking to reporters about his back-story, Ng said when he was in the military, following his brain injury, some people thought he was faking the seriousness of the situation, despite an MRI scan that showed his brain was swelling.
“One guy told me to just get over it,” he said. “Non visible injuries can be tough for people because they don’t see anything that’s wrong with you.”
He said he doesn’t want the money to change him and his first priority will be paying off his credit card bills, which have piled up throughout the pandemic.
Beyond that, Ng says he wants to support not-for-profits, along with military personnel like himself who have suffered from significant injuries.
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