‘HEART STARTED POUNDING’: Welland woman’s lotto win makes holidays extra special

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A Welland woman is $250,000 richer after a Secret Santa gifted her via an Instant Merry and Bright lottery ticket.

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Jennifer Lafleur, a 41-year-old married mother and health industry employee, says it was a great holiday gift.

“I got home from work to start my Christmas holidays and relaxed with a coffee and my ticket. I noticed I won on the second game. My heart started pounding. I thought it was going to come out of my chest,” she said.

When Lafleur realized the win she texted her husband to come home.

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“I passed him the ticket and he asked if it was real, then gave me a big hug. My heart is filled with pure joy,” she said.

“I plan to put some towards my mortgage and set some aside for my children’s education. I’d also like to invest and save some for a family vacation. I have lots of decisions to make.”

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