Sometimes it’s really difficult to accept the fact that you’ve won a $1m Lotto 6/49 prize. That was definitely the case for Sheila Cleasby from Edmonton in Alberta, Canada who admits “I really just didn’t believe it” when checking her ticket in May.
“I kept looking at the screen thinking there was no way that it actually said one million dollars” said the lucky Lotto 6/49 winner. Sheila is the latest big winner from Edmonton, after Randall Rush won a $50m Lotto Max prize in January and last October Mary Ann Estanislao won $15m playing Lotto Max.
The reality of becoming a lottery millionaire finally sunk in when Sheila scanned the Lotto 6/49 ticket for the fourth time. However the shocked winner still didn’t quite know what to do, hence the fact it’s taken her until nearly the end of July to claim her $1m prize. Just like $2.6m Powerball winner Ronald Meier who took three months to claim his win.
Becoming a lottery millionaire can be a massive shock. When Jane Lewis won a £4.3m UK Lotto prize in June she couldn’t believe the news. That’s not surprising: in February Sheila Nagels won a $5m Lotto 6/49 prize and said she didn’t realise “how overwhelming” such a win can be.Cleasby just didn’t know how to react saying “I walked out of the store and stood in the street trying not to yell out that I won a million dollars!”
Later that day she picked her husband up from the airport, but he thought his wife was joking, and that’s not uncommon. Even winners can feel that way, since when lottery winner Murray Browing from England won $80,000 he thought it was a joke. When Sheila told her husband it most definitely wasn’t a joke he replied: “If this is a joke it isn’t funny!”
The Lotto 6/49 winner has plenty of ideas on how her windfall will be spent. She intends paying off some bills but she did not decide yet whether to buy a new house or use her winnings to renovate her current one. The lucky winner does plan on going on holiday though but isn’t quite sure where.
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