Man Wins $250,000 – Plans To Donate


A Leamington, Ont. lottery winner says he’d decided how to spend his jackpot before he’d even collected the giant cheque: hand the money over to local students.

Michael Schlater, 54, won $250,000 on a $10 Instant Cadillac Riches lottery card.

Schlater, who says he’s been playing lotteries for nearly 30 years, called his top prize win a huge thrill.

“It’s the most I’ve ever won. My wife couldn’t believe it and started crying,” he said, according to a release from Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

Schlater told OLG representatives he plans to donate the entire prize to the high school his son attends.

“The school is in need of a computer system upgrade and this donation will help them get it,” the father of three said.

“We are very blessed with where we are in life. Now we have the ability to help and that’s what we plan to do.”

The winning ticket was purchased at Jack’s Mini Mart and Coffee Shop on Talbot Street in Leamington.

After years of research and a series of unpleasant experiences concerning the current child protection services system, Alec Cope decided to combat the cancerous corruption through information. Freelance writing articles as a form of protest and distributing them throughout his former high-school and local area, Alec struck special chords with whomever he was in contact with.

Alec has been involved in activism such as sit down protests as well as Idle No More gatherings. Being independent for the majority of his time, Alec became a member of the WeAreChange family to assist one of the organizations that inspired him to become active in the first place. With a larger platform and positive support Alec has committed the majority of his time to research, writing, and maintaining social media with the goal to continue expanding the awakening sweeping throughout all levels of society.

Growing up within a rural area in Northern Michigan as well as being a native American descendant, Alec is seeking to expose environmental abuse in his state as well as globally. A high-school dropout, Alec chases his passion for writing and empowering individuals while showing any isolated person that they too can overcome the odds with a community that will support them. Alec lives in the lower peninsula of Michigan near Kalamazoo.

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