MISSISSAUGA – Mississauga’s Velauthan Vamadevan is $20 million richer after following a whim.
The father of three, who has been playing the lottery for 20 years, won the $20-million jackpot from the Oct. 18 Lotto 6/49 draw.
“I never expected it, I never thought I would win,” said the 62-year-old real estate agent.
Velauthan said he purchased his ticket just hours before the draw on Saturday. “It was my son’s birthday and I decided to give it a shot. I was at the gas station filling up, so I purchased one Quick Pick.”
When he got home, Velauthan placed his ticket on a shelf and forgot about it.
“Then I heard the winner was from Mississauga so I checked a couple of tickets I had in my wallet,” he said. “But they weren’t the winning tickets. I thought maybe someone else I know from Mississauga was the winner.”
On Tuesday night, Velauthan found the ticket he left on the shelf.
“I got on the computer and looked up the winning numbers. I was speechless,” he said.
He then phoned his wife. “She didn’t believe me. But then she checked the numbers and so did all my kids.”
Velauthan arrived at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto Wednesday morning, a little bleary-eyed with his ticket. “I had a sleepless night. I didn’t bother validating the ticket at a store. I just wanted to come to the Prize Centre."
Velauthan has yet to decide what he will do with the money.
“It is a miracle this has happened after 30 years of being in Canada. I’m still shocked. I knew since Sunday there was a winner and I kept thinking, ‘What a lucky guy!’ I guess you never know.”
The winning ticket was purchased at Eglinton Husky on McLaughlin Rd.