When Tony Gallucci found out he’d won a million dollars he says he “let out the biggest scream” as soon as he left the store.
Gallucci lost his wife to cancer in 2009 and decided he would be a stay-at-home dad to his two daughters. “The last seven years have been challenging. They are the most important people in my life. The day we found out about my win, we celebrated as a family with a special dinner at our girls’ favourite restaurant.”
Tony learned about his windfall the day after the draw. “I stopped in for gas and decided to check my numbers. I used the ticket checker and suddenly saw the words, ‘Big Winner’ appear on the screen. I thought I won $1,000.” After the ticket was validated, OLG called the store and at the end of the conversation I was told I won $1 million! All I could say was, ‘Are you kidding me?’
The ticket was purchased at Causeway Variety in Ennismore. “The retailer was telling me about a recent customer who won $500. I said, ‘I think I have them beat.’ Keep in mind I thought I won $1,000.
Tony says he plans on taking care of his girls first. “Both my daughters will be attending university in the future and now I can breathe easy, knowing their education is paid for. I am also planning to whisk them away on a fantastic vacation to Europe.
And then he’s going to take care of himself. “I love vintage cars and I just might treat myself to a 1965 Corvette Stingray or a 1969 Camaro. Winning the lottery means an even brighter future for my girls and the freedom to enjoy life,” concluded Tony.