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Barry Shell poses with his cheque for nearly $4.4 million at the OLG office on Monday, shortly before his arrest. (OLG)
It was a good news, bad news day for Barry Shell.
The good news: he won more than $4 million. The bad news: he ended up in jail.
Shell, from Brampton, Ont., picked up a cheque for $4,377,298 on Monday.
But after smiling and holding up the cheque for the photographer at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation headquarters on Dundas Street West in Toronto, Shell strolled out of the building and into the hands of Peel Regional Police officers.
Shell was wanted on a six-year-old warrant for failing to appear, theft under $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime.
According to a spokesman for the OLG, every lottery winner undergoes a security check, and if anything is turned up during the course of the investigation the matter is turned over to the Ontario Provincial Police.
Shell, 45, was held overnight and appeared in court on Tuesday. He has been released.
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