Dianne and Clinton Eeley from London, Ontario, Canada, have been playing the lottery for the past couple of years. They never dreamed a big win would come along though but on November 3, they grabbed the $9.6m Lotto 649 jackpot.
Dianne, 56, always hoped they’d get the occasional small win “but a dollar amount this big…. never,” she joked. In fact, their largest win in the past had only been $100. Most of the time they just won some free tickets for the next Lotto 649 draw.
The couple didn’t see the draw live and it wasn’t until a week after that they discovered their Lotto 6/49 jackpot win. Mrs Eeley then took their ticket to the Petro Canada on Dundas Road in London, where it had been originally purchased.
Dianne said she couldn’t believe her luck and the couple had problems convincing anyone they’d actually triumphed. “Clint found out a couple hours later, and no one believed us,” she exclaimed.
In total, their Lotto 649 win is $9,656,932 after successfully matching 07-08-24-32-42-48. Despite their big win they are still determined to carry on working. “Everything continues as usual,” Dianne said. “When you have that many employees, you can’t just leave.” The couple own and operate an HVAC business and have three children.
The shock of the win is still something the couple are trying to come to terms with. “It’s unbelievable – it’s hard to comprehend the feeling,” said Clint, 57. The Lotto 649 jackpot winners now plan to invest some of the win into their business. Other plans for their lottery win include sharing it with their family and paying off the mortgage.