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Man throws sign through window of Toronto bakery offering free Powerball tickets

Last Updated Jan 13, 2016 at 8:08 pm EST

A man was hauled off in handcuffs after he threw a sandwich board through the window of a Toronto bakery offering free Powerball tickets.

One woman who was hit by glass but not cut said she knew exactly how fortunate she was.

“It’s a lucky day for all of us. I can’t believe it happened, but I am lucky. It’s not about the ticket. It’s about being alive,” Siva Swaminathan told CityNews.

The incident happened at World Class Bakers on St. Clair Avenue West near Christie Street, just after noon on Wednesday. It was the second day in a row the bakery had given away a free ticket with each purchase of $20 or more.

Wednesday night’s Powerball draw is worth a potential $1.5 billion. With the Canadian exchange rate, the prize is more than $2 billion (before taxes).

One man was arrested after a window was broken window at World Class Bakers on St. Clair Avenue West on Jan. 13, 2016. CITYNEWS/Audra Brown.
One man was arrested after a window was broken window at World Class Bakers on St. Clair Avenue West on Jan. 13, 2016. CITYNEWS/Audra Brown.

Swaminathan was sitting down with her pastries and her ticket when she heard something odd.

“I was sitting here, looking at my ticket … when a man started banging on the window. I really thought this man would do something crazy. And just as I was trying to get my things, he threw that thing out the window,” she described.

The man then ran away from the store. He was arrested in a nearby alley. His name and any charges have not been released.

The vandalism only stopped customers for a moment. Once the glass was cleaned up, the store began selling tickets, and pastries, once again.