We’ve all gone out to our local grocery store and bought tickets for our favourite lotteries, or purchased them online, and convinced ourselves that this time it’s going to be the golden ticket. We then proceed to dream of out post-millionaire lifestyle, including how many rooms our mansion will boasts, which supercar will sit pretty in the drive, and where we’ll jet off to on our first luxury holiday. However, more often than not, it gets ripped up and thrown into the bin, right? Well, imagine that one time your numbers do roll-in, that’s exactly what happened for these lucky punters! Read on to find out more.
Adlin Lewis – Greater Toronto
At the beginning of the year, Adlin Lewis, a credit risk manager, pocketed $70 million – a record-breaking Lotto Max jackpot! “I’m overwhelmed, excited, happy and shocked but mostly, I feel very, very blessed,” the Brampton native said.
Despite being reasonably richer, Lewis, who now boasts the biggest lottery win in Canadian history, still went into work, where he thought of a ‘special’ way to tell his wife about the jackpot win.
“I wanted to tell her in a special way – with a trip or something creative – but I couldn’t keep this news to myself,” he said, “I ended up waking her up in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday and just telling her outright.”
Alongside investments and ‘enjoying life’, the 49-year-old, who, after winning a car and a holiday in the past, could be considered lucky, is planning a trip to Las Vegas.
“My wife has always wanted to try those VIP $100 slots in Las Vegas and now I can make that dream come true for her,” he said.
Bon Truong – Edmonton
Bon Truong, who moved to Canada from Vietnam in the 1970s, has picked the same numbers every week for over 30 years, and in 2018 his persistence paid-off! The Edmonton landscaper won a cool $60 million – which he kept secret for over 300 days! Truong won the whopping jackpot in October 2018 but didn’t reveal it to the world until August last year.
At the cheque presentation, Truong said: “On my phone, I saw my number coming on. After that I keep quiet, a couple of minutes. My body calm down. I check again. I have the big win.”
The jackpot winner, who plans to pay off his mortgage and go on holiday, also revealed that he is yet to tell his three children that he is a millionaire.
“I don’t want to tell them nothing … Right now, I keep quiet,” he told reporters after posing with his $60,000,002 cheque.
Laura Tutcho – Yellowknife
Lewis isn’t the only big Lotto Max winner this year, more recently Laura Tutcho scooped a hefty $55 million. The grandmother, originally from Délı̨nę, won the massive jackpot in May, but didn’t realise that her $11 ticket, which was the only one to match all seven numbers, was a winner until one month later.
“My granddaughter told me that someone in Yellowknife won the jackpot,” she told NWT & Nunavut Lotteries, “so I went on the internet to check the numbers.
“I was in shock! I said, ‘Oh, my God!’ My grandkids came in right away and my grandson asked, ‘Are you all right, Grandma?’
“I just kept looking at the ticket and looking back at the numbers. My granddaughter told me, ‘The numbers haven’t changed, Grandma!’”
Tutcho has spent recent weeks working with financial advisors to come up with plans on how to spend the money. However, unsurprisingly, using the money to provide for her family is the number one priority.