Saskatoon resident goes ALL-IN to win $154,172.60
Courtney Saliken of Saskatoon is reveling in his decision to add ALL-IN to his POKER LOTTO ticket. The addition made his prize jump from $10,000 to $154,170.60!
Saliken purchased his POKER LOTTO ticket for the May 12 draw at the 7-Eleven Food Store at 132 McClocklin Rd. in Saskatoon.
When his instant win showed up on the screen, Saliken first thought it was an advertisement until the cashier told him that he won $154,172.60 – the largest prize for a ticket sold at that store!
One of Saliken’s three hands matched a Royal Flush, winning $10,000. Another hand matched a pair of jacks or better for $2, plus the $144,170.60 ALL-IN jackpot. Saliken added the ALL-IN option for $1 when he purchased his ticket.
“I was in complete shock,” Saliken said. “When I got home, I called my wife, asking if she was sitting down. I took a picture of the ticket and sent it to her.”
“We've talked for years about what it would feel like to win,” continued Saliken. “I thought it was starting to sink in, but maybe it will when the cheque comes.”
The happy winner plans to put his windfall toward debt and planning a vacation.
“It's just surreal and a bit of a shock. It's unbelievable,” Saliken added.
Sask Lotteries is the main fundraiser for more than 12,000 sport, culture and recreation groups in communities across Saskatchewan.
Download the full release and winner's photo below.