TORONTO -- A 35-year-old auto worker from Hamilton, Ont., is the sole winner of a $30-million Lotto Max jackpot.
Nicholas Takticos, a self-described comic nerd, said he couldn't believe his eyes when he saw the winning numbers.
He said he kept checking them to make sure he got them right because "this just doesn't happen to you."
The first person he called was his mother, who single-handedly raised him.
"I said, 'We did it'," he recalled Monday at lottery headquarters. "I think we won Lotto Max. And she's like, 'C'mon'."
Family comes first for the regular lottery player, who has now quit his job as a paint inspector at the Cambridge, Ont., Toyota plant.
"We're a team and we'll always be a team," Takticos said. "Not everybody is lucky enough to have that relationship with their mom -- and it's just me and her, her and me."
He had just finished a night shift when he checked his numbers from the Aug. 30 draw.
"Did I make a mistake? All those thoughts run through your head," he said.
Soon after Labour Day, he told his boss he wouldn't be working anymore.
"I felt like I was doing what everybody always wants to do," Takticos said, adding he worked for a "great" company.
"They allowed me to have a job, pay my bills, have my fun and buy a winning lottery ticket to help me retire."
Currently single, Takticos confirmed he is dating but "open to all options."
"My phone's blowing up a little bit," he said with a laugh.
Having worked for Lexus, he might even upgrade his current ride, a Toyota Celera.
"I think there is some irony in getting a Lexus after I leave," he joked.
The huge Hamilton Tiger-Cats fan had no concrete plans or immediate impulse buys to report, but added he is "really drawn" to Muskoka and northern Ontario.
"It's going to be something up there, because that's really where my heart lies," he said.