Playing the same numbers over and over again can pay off in the end. Just ask Olga Beno from Eastern Passage in Nova Scotia, Canada who won a $5.3m jackpot in the December 28, 2016, Lotto 6/49 draw.
For Olga, her Lotto 6/49 jackpot winning numbers came to her in a dream in May 1989. It’s took her 27 years to hit the jackpot. Janice Rovner from New York, USA, used her numbers for 20 years before winning a $1m Mega Millions prize. Another Canadian, Sheila Nagels, won a $5m Lotto 6/49 jackpot with numbers she’d used for seven years. A syndicate in Scotland landed a £1m EuroMillions prize after playing for less than a year.
“If I had to describe how it feels in one word, I would say: magnificent,” said Beno in a news release. Her Lotto 6/49 win came in the December 28 draw but it took her nearly two days to discover her win.
Having used the same numbers for so many years, the lucky Lotto 6/49 winner knows her numbers off by heart. “I thought I saw them on the television screen the evening after the draw, but my eyes aren’t good. So I forgot about it.” The next morning though, the numbers were seen again. “At first I thought – it can’t be. It’s a mistake in the paper. She quickly called her sister with the news but she replied ‘Phone me back when you want to tell me the truth.’”
It’s not been an easy few years for the Lotto 6/49 winner. A decade ago, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and had to sell her home and begin renting property. Now thanks to this Lotto 6/49 jackpot win she plans to build an accessible, ranch-style house.
Her husband, children and grandchildren helped her survive her illness. In return, Olga wants to use some of her Lotto 6/49 winnings to treat them to a trip to Disney World. “I’m a big kid at heart,” she joked.
It’s the latest big win in Canada. Recently, Douglas Lowes won a $4.9m Lotto 6/49 jackpot. A syndicate also from Nova Scotia won a $1m Lotto 6/49 prize.
Her winning Lotto 6/49 ticket was purchased from Circle K (#2063) in Eastern Passage. In all she won $5,366,704.80. There were two tickets winning that amount, the other was sold in Western Canada. The winning numbers were: 01-05-10-15-40-41 and the Bonus Ball 27.
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