Sandra Donaldson from Smithville in Ontario, Canada, kept a secret from her husband for nearly a week. It was a big one too as the amazing secret was that they had won a $23.3m Lotto 6/49 jackpot in the January 27 draw.
As news of the big Lotto 6/49 jackpot win was discovered, her husband, Bob, was away in China. Often winners are quickly onto their phones to break the fantastic news, but Sandra decided that she wanted to tell her husband the amazing news face to face. David Kaltschmidt and his wife Maureen Smith, won a $528.7m Powerball prize but initially kept the news from their children.
Their winning Lotto 6/49 ticket was purchased by Sandra from the RX Drug Mart on Griffin Street in Smithville. The day after the Lotto 6/49 draw, the news broke of the jackpot winning ticket being sold in the Hamilton area. She checked her ticket and the big win was revealed. McDonald contacted her daughter, sister, and son with news about the big win.
Still her husband had no idea what was happening. Finally, he returned home and received the surprise of his life, as he explains. “When I got home, Sandra said, ‘I have good news and bad news. Good news — you can get a new car sooner than you think. Bad news — we have to go see our lawyer right away!’ Then she handed me the winning ticket — I was speechless!”
It’s the latest big win in Ontario after Tammy Kozlowski won a $100,000 Lotto Max Encore prize. Bonita Reichstein was celebrating after her $1m Lotto 6/49 win that came after playing for 30 years.
The couple have been married for 36 years and plan to share their Lotto 6/49 winnings with their two children and two grandchildren, which will soon be three as another is on the way. Canadian Marc Lachance won a $25m Lotto 6/49 jackpot and shared it with his family.
Sandra added that it’ll be lovely to travel more and for longer periods. That’s just what Gina-Lita Therrien and Yvon Turgeon from Quebec City did after their $6.4m Lotto 6/49 jackpot win.
Also planned is installing a pool at their home and building a walk-in closet. With a smile on her face, she confessed, “I already went on a shopping spree while Bob was still in China,” admitted Sandra.
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