BRAMPTON, Ont. — Like many Ontario truckers, Brampton truck driver Adelino De-Sousa was dealing with adverse weather on Dec. 11 and likely dreaming of someplace warm when he checked a print-out of the winning Lotto 6/49 numbers in the cab of his truck at a customer’s facility.
Unlike most, however, De-Sousa learned he was holding the winning ticket and was $6.7 million richer.
“I was sitting in the cab of my truck, looking at a print-out of the winning numbers when I realized that they matched the numbers I’ve been playing for the past 20 years,” said the emotional De-Sousa when he claimed his prize at the OLG Prize Centre. “I started tearing up, but then had to control myself because I had to get the truck safely back to Mississauga.”
De-Sousa then navigated the slippery roads back home so he could tell his wife Josie.
“He was crying when he called me and I didn’t know why,” said Josie. “I was worried. But then I started crying too when I heard the news!”
De-Sousa said he was slated to lose his trucking job in June and had been worrying about how to support his family. Now, he’s planning to buy a new house with a large yard for a garden.
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