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Joseph Whiting got up for his daily shift at 4am, checked his ticket and discovered he had won £4.5M – but still went to clean the streets of Camden.

The committed road sweeper of 14 years admitted to walking round in a daze before finally confirming his good fortune with Camelot after he finished.

He is now binning his broom and planning a brighter future as one of three ticketholders who shared the giant Lotto Quadruple Rollover jackpot on Wednesday 17th September, banking £4,570,887.

It must have been fate. I shouldn’t have gone out, and still don’t know why I got up and decided to go.

Top of Joseph’s wish list is to ditch the alarm clock after years of 5am starts, but his plans go beyond having a lie-in. With three children from a previous relationship he admits it is them his thoughts turn to, saying:

“The main thing is that it will give my kids a future. I can get a house and a garden where I can see them and they can come and stay.”

Joseph will learn to drive, never having got round to it until now, and will take his time planning how to spend his win.

“I’ve not been on holiday for 3 or 4 years,” he says, “and this will take a huge amount of pressure off. I can pay some bills, get a house and learn to drive. I will treat my mum who hasn’t been well and help friends and family. It will be good to help everyone a bit.”

Amazingly he had only bought the winning ticket nine minutes before the draw closed on Wednesday night. A last-minute decision to nip to the shop resulted in this giant win. Joseph explains:

“I knew it was late as the newsagent looked at the clock when I asked for the ticket. It must have been fate. I shouldn’t have gone out, and still don’t know why I got up and decided to go.”

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    Joseph Whiting wins Lotto Quadruple Rollover jackpot on Wednesday 17th September banking £4,570,887

    Congratulations!

    December 31, 2020

    THAO TRUONG FROM HAMILTON WINS BIG ON HER BIRTHDAY

    She’s the winner of a $56,685 jackpot in
    St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation’s
    First 50/50 Lottery for the Community

    The Hospital wins, too, as 50 percent of ticket sales
    will support highest-priority needs

    Dec. 31, 2020 – HAMILTON, ON – Yesterday, Thao Truong from Hamilton received a call from Sera Filice-Armenio, President & CEO, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation, letting her know she was the holder of the winning ticket (#4327400) in the Foundation’s Hope, Health & Holiday Wishes 50/50 lottery. Thao found out on her birthday that she had won a grand total of $56,685—exactly half of the total ticket sales.

    “When I received the phone call, I thought it was a birthday prank. I have never won anything this big, especially on my birthday! Best birthday gift ever. Thanks to St. Joe’s and this lottery for giving me a chance, and best of luck to the future winners out there,” says Truong.

    St. Joe’s Foundation is very happy about the outcome, too. “When we embarked on the lottery it was a new initiative for our Foundation, so we weren’t sure what to expect,” says Ms. Filice-Armenio. “But the response has been very positive. People were excited about a new way to support the Hospital and the chance to win big while doing so. Making the call to our winner yesterday was such a great experience…to hear the sheer surprise and delight in her voice…well, it’s everything we hoped it would be. It was our chance to bring some joy to the winner while also raising significant funds to support St. Joe’s. We’re grateful to everyone who participated.”

    The remaining half of ticket sales (a total of $56,685) will go directly towards funding the greatest needs of the Hospital including COVID-19 related equipment, supplies and research. The Hope, Health & Holiday Wishes 50/50 Lottery was operated by St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation under licence #RAF1197694 issued by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. The winning ticket number was drawn using an automated, randomized number generation system including all verified online ticket purchases.

    Congratulations! December 31, 2020 THAO TRUONG FROM HAMILTON WINS BIG ON HER BIRTHDAY She’s the winner of a $56,685 jackpot in St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation’s First 50/50 Lottery ]]>