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Essex man plans to retire after $1.6 million lottery win

Alfred Ayotte of Essex took home $1.6 million after playing the same lottery numbers for more than 30 years.

The 62-year-old healthcare worker plans to pay off his mortgage, buy a new car and then retire

Alfred Ayotte of Essex took home $1.6 million after playing the same lottery numbers for more than 30 years. (Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation)

Alfred Ayotte of Essex took home $1.6 million after playing the same lottery numbers for more than 30 years.  

The 62-year-old healthcare worker bought one of eight winning tickets selected in the the LOTTO 6/49 $13-million jackpot draw last week.

Ayotte's share of the winnings reached $1,623,148.30. The other winning tickets were sold in the Brampton area, Toronto, Windsor, Quebec and Western Canada.

"I always pick the same numbers, regardless of the game I play," he said, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto where he picked up his winnings. "I decided to walk to the store on my lunch break to check my numbers." 

The father of two plans to retire early with his winnings in addition to paying off his mortgage and buying a new car.

"I called my boss to say I won't be returning that day and that I was on my way to pick up my $1.6 million cheque in Toronto," he said.

The winning ticket was purchased at Mac's on Matchette Road in Windsor. 

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