‘SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS’: St. Catharines man has big plans for lotto win

Among ideas for Christopher Winterbottom is to help cancer centre that cared for his mom

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A single dad in St. Catharines is taking his son and his pals on a shopping spree after winning $2 million in an Ontario 49 lottery draw.

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Christopher Winterbottom, 37, a service manager, says he chose his numbers based on significant dates in his life — and since they worked once, he will use them again.

When he first scanned his ticket, he thought it was a $2,000 win.

“When I realized I won $2 million I was kind of taken aback,” he said, according to the OLG. “I’m pretty sure you could have seen my heart pounding out of my chest.”

And seeing the look on his son’s face when he broke the news was priceless.

“I feel so fortunate. This is an incredible opportunity to share joy with the people I love the most,” Winterbottom said.

First on the shopping list will be taking his son’s basketball team to Foot Locker.

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“This win gives me the opportunity to brighten people’s days with small acts of kindness,” he said.

Winterbottom also wants to make a donation to the cancer centre that cared for his mother.

“I would love to have her name on a plaque so everyone can know how much of a warrior she is.”

kconnor@postmedia.com

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