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Mar 17, 2011

‘Ah win di lotto!’ Stphen Canto takes home $44,625

A Belize City man has deep pockets tonight after he won Saturday night’s Lotto Jackpot.  Forty-nine year old Stephen Canto collected his cheque at the Tropical Gaming Office this afternoon and News Five was on time to learn from him that he will invest his winnings in real estate.  According to Canto, his luck finally changed after years of playing the game and he shared the strategy that got him the winning numbers: 02-05-06-15 and 16.

Stephen Canto, Lotto Winner

“I normally—well after the day I buy my ticket, I don’t check it until I buy again. That’s like the same it’s gonna draw. So when I check it I seh hey, this look like my numbers and then I said well they can’t deal with this so I come to the office and that was where I found out I won.”

Delahnie Bain

“So what was your reaction when you realized that you won?”

Stephen Canto

“Well, I feel like I could probably do something now; maybe deal with some property or something like that.”

Delahnie Bain

“You have any kids or so?”

Stephen Canto

“Yes, I do.”

Delahnie Bain

“So this will probably go towards school…”

Stephen Canto

“Well, I don’t have any in school to that limit but my daughter is still in University so that will get a little help too.”

Delahnie Bain

“How long have you been buying lotto?”

Stephen Canto

“Some years now. This just started like , I start buy maybe two quick picks, then three quick picks and I just keep dat up for five years or so and in December I decide fi buy two more quick picks along with that and then something came in and that’s the way it works.”

Delahnie Bain

“So the winning ticket was a quick pick?”

Stephen Canto

“Well, actually it was a quick pick that I bought first and then I just continue buying the same number.”

The jackpot was at fifty-two thousand, five hundred dollars and Canto took home forty-four thousand six hundred and twenty-five dollars after taxes.

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