A lottery winner from Irma, in Alberta, Canada, has told lottery officials that she wishes she’d won her fortune a couple of decades ago so that she’d have time to really enjoy it.
Lois Olsen, who is 80 years old, won $50 million on the Lotto Max last month, when she used a free play that she’d won on a previous draw to buy another ticket for the drawing from the Co-op store in her hometown, about 200 kilometres southeast of the Albertan capital, Edmonton. The Lotto Max winner at first tried to keep her identity a secret when she’d won the lottery, but news has now got out. “For me, I’m too old for this,” the lottery winner told officials as she posed with her oversized cheque for $50 million. “I would have liked to have won this 20 or 30 years ago,” she added. At the end of last year a man from Edmonton won $30 million on the Lotto Max.
However, the lottery winner is not ungrateful, and she told Lotto Max officials that the winnings will certainly help out her family and give her an opportunity to spoil her grandchildren and great grandchildren. “For my family, it’s going to help them out a lot,” she said on Wednesday when she appeared at lottery headquarters, with aims for her winnings just like those of a Chicago grandmother who won $1 million on the Powerball.
Recently we told you about a syndicate of lottery players from Nova Scotia in Canada who won $1 million on the Lotto 649 after just two weeks of playing. Mrs Olsen told officials that when she first realised she had a winning ticket, she originally thought it was worth $50, then $500, but she never expected it to be worth $50 million. “I pulled it out and put it back in,” the Lotto Max winner said. “It looked like $500. Pulled it out and put it back in, and told the girl, ‘I think there’s something wrong with this machine.’ She comes around the corner and says, ‘No, you just won $50 million.’”
She continued to tell Lotto Max officials that she has no big plans for her winnings, but she might invest in a new car, now that hers is 11 years old. She might also take a trip to Ireland, since she now has the money to travel in style, “I don’t care to travel anymore, but maybe now I can travel first class,” the 80-year-old millionaire grinned, just like a Western Australian family who planned to add luxuries to their lives after a $40 million Oz Lotto win.
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