A Tilbury resident was instantly lucky recently.
Derek Butler won a $77,777 top prize with Instant Lucky 7.
The 29-year-old says he’s played the lottery weekly since he was 18.
“I gravitate towards tickets that catch my eye,” Butler said in a media release. “This is my first big win.”
Butler discovered his win while playing his ticket at home.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” he said. “I told my family, and they were surprised and happy for me. My dad told me I deserve this win, I was humbled to hear those words from him.”
He plans to purchase a vehicle and save the rest of his winnings.
“I don’t know how to describe this feeling – it’s a mix of shock and disbelief. I hoped for a big win, but I never expected it,” Butler said.
The winning ticket was purchased at Mike’s Carwash and Variety Inc. on Mill Street in Tilbury.