It turns out a St. Catharines lottery winner is wanted by the Niagara Regional Police.
The police are searching for Juston Price of St. Catharines, who had his picture in Feb. 7 edition of The Standard holding a giant novelty cheque after winning $100,000 on a scratch ticket for an instant lottery game.
Price was wanted by police at the time he collected his prize.
“We are urging Juston to turn himself in, contact the detective in charge of the investigation or reach out to his lawyer,” Const. Virgina Moir said.
Police arrested Price on Christmas Eve and charged him with domestic assault. A judge released him on bail the same day with a surety.
The surety was revoked on Jan. 14, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
“There are also other pending charges, but we can’t release the details right now,” Moir said.
“We had an interaction with him (Feb. 5), and we believe we have grounds for additional charges. Those charges are separate and aren’t related to the domestic assault, and he is aware of them.”
Price won the top prize in Boom Multiplier, which costs $5 to play.
“When I first scratched my ticket, I thought I won $1,000,” Price told officials at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto, where he picked up his winnings. “Then I showed the ticket to my brother and he said I won $100,000.”
The father of two bought his winning ticket at the Facer Street Avondale store.
“This prize money gives me a new start. I am thinking of investing in a property in Toronto and also putting some money away for my boys,” he said.