Finch woman wins $675,000 on lottery ticket

In this Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 photo provided by OLG, Kaitlyn MacMillan picks up her $675,000 prize at the lottery headquarters after winning it on a scratch ticket. (OLG via Newswatch Group)

TORONTO – A woman from Finch has collected $675,000 after scratching to the big win.

Kaitlyn “Kaity” MacMillan had won $1,000 a week for life on the Instant Cash For Life scratch ticket.

“I stopped for gas on my way to work and on a whim I bought a ticket. It’s the only instant ticket I ever buy,” MacMillan said.

Kaity arrived at work early so she decided to scratch her ticket. “As soon as I realized I won, I stopped scratching and started calling. First I phoned my boyfriend. Next I called my mom. I said to her, ‘Mom, I won cash for life!’ Her response was, ‘No you didn’t.’ So I sent her a picture of the ticket and there was lots of laughing and screaming at that point.”

But MacMillan chose to take the lump sum payment instead of the week life prize option.

After work, Kaity then flew to Toronto with her boyfriend and mom, where she treated them to a night at a hotel before picking up the winnings at the lottery headquarters.

As for what she plans to do with the winnings, sending her parents on a trip to Scotland is one of the first items on her list.

“I am building my dream house with my boyfriend and his young daughter. I also plan to pay off my car and some student debt,” she said.

The winning ticket was bought in Long Sault at the MacEwen gas station.