As winners of the National Lotto 649 game, lucky people across Canada have discussed their reactions to winning and their plans for the future as lottery winners.
A woman from Brechin, in the Barrie area of Ontario, won $50,000 on the Lotto 649 after she bought a ticket for the drawing on April 28th. Kimberley Smith, a mother of three, told lottery officials that after she realised she’d won big, her first port of call was one of her sons to ask him to double check her ticket. A lottery winner from Kansas had to ask her brother to check her winning Super Kansas Cash ticket when she won over $3 million.
“He checked the ticket for me and said, ‘Mom, it’s a winner.’” Ms Smith told Lotto 649 officials in Ontario, adding “We started doing the happy dance.” The winner, as she posed with her oversized cheque for $50,000, was indeed very happy, and said that she plans to use her Lotto 649 winnings to make some renovations to her home. After finding out that she’d won $1 million on the Lotto 649, another Ontarian said that the whole family began to “do the happy dance in the living room.”
Recently a Mississauga man won $100,000 when he was one of twenty-five Lotto 649 super draw winners, while last month another Ontario lottery player won $100,000 on the Lotto 649.
Meanwhile, across the country in Alberta, a couple from the town on Lethbridge were also celebrating a big Lotto 649 win, this time worth $1 million. Jerry and Diane Cunningham won their $1 million in the guaranteed prize draw on April 4th when their ticket was chosen as the guaranteed Lotto 649 millionaire.
The couple, who purchased their winning ticket from a Mobil Gas Station in Lethbridge, told lottery officials that they are planning to retire with the winnings. “We’ve been talking about retiring for a while, but this made the decision a lot easier,” Mrs Cunningham told Lotto 649 officials in Western Canada. A BC49 Lotto winner from Vancouver retired, celebrated his birthday, and won $2 million all in the same day.
The Alberta winners too weren’t so sure about their ticket when they’d checked it, and Mrs Cunningham said that she had to call her husband to double check it. As well as retiring, they plan to use their Lotto 649 winnings to buy a house and a truck and live comfortably.
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