The family that plays together…
“We have been playing together for about nine years. Prior to this, we had only won a few small prizes, so when the terminal froze, I had no idea what was happening!”
That is how Carole Poll describes her reaction when the Dalkeith woman realized that she and her daughter, Samantha Poll, of Lancaster, had won $100,000 in the June 11 Encore lottery, matching six of seven winning numbers.
The winning ticket was purchased at Esso on Main Street in Alexandria.
“The retailer confirmed I was a big winner, and when OLG called and told me it was $100,000, I burst out crying!” recalled Carole. “I called my husband when I returned to work and he had to figure out what was happening through my tears. Luckily, he knew they were tears of joy and immediately asked what my plans were for the win.”
Samantha was out of town for a few days, so Carole left her a note on her truck, saying she needed to speak with her. “I was exhaust- ed when I got home, but figured I should go and talk to my mom,” said Samantha. “The first thing she said to me was, ‘You owe me $40 for the lottery.’ I couldn’t believe she had made me come to see her for that!”
Then Carole broke the good news. “I couldn’t wait any longer and told her we had to go to Toronto to pick up our winnings! Samantha started jumping up and down and we hugged each other.”
Carole and Samantha both have big plans for their windfall. “My husband and I have been planning a trip to the Territories and maybe even Alaska for when he retires next year. We can now buy a new camper for the trip!”
As for Carole. “We will be doing some much needed home renovations.”
$ 100,000 WINNERS: Carole and Samantha Poll celebrate their win.