Stratford Man Transforms into Millionaire with Spare Change Lotto Ticket


In the charming city of Stratford, life as Charles Schultz knew it transformed in an instant. In an almost fairytale-like sequence, Schultz, a regular man, has vaulted into the illustrious ranks of millionaires. A single dollar wager on the encore portion of a Lotto Max ticket, casually purchased at Joe’s Variety on Ontario Street, turned his ordinary life into an extraordinary tale of luck.

Humorously enough, Schultz confesses the ticket was something he bought with mere spare change, or as he put it, “peanuts.” His leap into wealth, however, is no laughing matter.

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This unexpected victory marks Schultz’s most significant win to date. All his previous attempts had fallen flat, until the fateful day of January 5th. As Schultz recounts his win, “I had several tickets I wanted to check, and when it came down to the last one and I saw all those zeros appear on the screen, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I checked and rechecked before the shock hit me.”

When he finally managed to process the life-altering news, Schultz reached out to his son. The disbelief was so overwhelming his son questioned the validity of his claim, interpreting his calm demeanor as a joke. Yet Schultz was far from jesting, he was genuinely in shock.

The sudden windfall has presented Schultz with an opportunity to live out his aspects of his life previously unknown. As a retired skills tradesperson, he plans to utilize his newfound wealth to extend his kindness on a larger scale. A self-confessed helpful person, Schultz desires to extend his generosity and support towards those he loves. In addition to sharing his windfall, there is something else on his bucket list — a hybrid car. One of the first things Schultz plans to do is to treat himself to one.

He admitted, “You always dream of winning big when you buy lottery tickets, but when it actually happens, it’s surreal. I’m incredibly grateful.”

Schultz’s monumental windfall has been the buzz of the local community. In fact, it is the largest lottery victory since 2021, when a Tavistock couple hit the jackpot of the $50-million Lotto Max. As Mr. Schultz savors his victory, his story serves as a reminder to all — sometimes, luck strikes when you least expect it.

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.