Toronto, ON – Pool, ankle, and erase were only some of the words that Sarah Smith of Ottawa revealed on her INSTANT CROSSWORD DELUXE (Game #2216) ticket to win a $250,000 top prize.

Sarah, a 50-year-old public servant, said she is a regular player of INSTANT tickets. “I usually play the $3 CROSSWORDS, but decided to treat myself to a $10 one,” she shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up her winnings. “When I saw I had eleven words, I thought I made a mistake somewhere along the lines.”

Sarah said she thought she won $250,000 but wasn’t sure so she headed to the store. “I used the Ticket Checker and it was confirmed! I felt a combination of happiness and disbelief!”

She plans to pay off her mortgage and save for a trip when it’s safe to travel again. “I will also save some to purchase a new hot tub,” she said.

“This win feels like a hug from my grandma who loved her ‘scratches,’” she smiled. 

The winning ticket was purchased at Quickie on Bank Street in Gloucester.

This win feels like a hug from my grandma who loved her ‘scratches.