- A woman from Hamilton, Ontario, has become a multimillionaire after winning the $60 million Lotto Max prize.
- The 58-year-old Hamilton resident got an email from OLG after the April 19 draw alerting her that she had won a prize.
- Murdoch-Gerics recognised that in the long run, she must “use the money responsibly,” but she plans to take her family on a vacation shortly.
After winning the $60 million Lotto Max prize, a woman from Hamilton, Ontario, is now a multimillionaire.
On Thursday, Leah Murdoch-Gerics received the check. She bought a $5 “quick pick” ticket for the April 19 draw on OLG.ca.
The $60 million jackpot payout is the greatest given to a Lotto Max jackpot winner who bought their ticket online.
Before the big win, Murdoch-Gerics revealed she had been playing the lottery on the side for the past year.
“All it takes is one ticket.” As she was handed the novelty cheque, Leah Murdoch-Gerics informed a room full of reporters, “Five bucks.”
After the April 19 draw, the 58-year-old Hamilton resident received an email from OLG informing her that she had won a prize.
She did not, however, open the email till later.
“Normally, when I see OLG emails in my inbox, they state I earned a Free Play ticket,” she explained, “but this one looked different.”
She said she was “suddenly calm” when she opened the email to check the prize amount.
“I was at a loss on what to do next.” I couldn’t believe this was happening to me.”
When she showed her husband the email, he assumed she had won $60,000.
The truth of the victory came in after she persuaded him to take a closer look.
“What he saw was crystal clear at that moment!” “We were both astonished and stared at each other in disbelief,” she explained.
According to the self-described housewife, the windfall is “overwhelming” for her and her family.
“My spouse is retired…but just for a short time,” Murdoch-Gerics joked. “Now he’s got a new job, and it’s with me.”
She added that one of the finest parts of the triumph was watching her children’s reactions when she told them the good news.
“It was seeing their faces light up when they realized they could have all the fun without the obligations,” she smiled.
Murdoch-Gerics acknowledged that she must “use the money properly” in the long run, but she intends to take her family on vacation soon.
“I don’t see any huge changes shortly,” she said, “since who knows where we’ll be in a year.” “This is merely an emotional journey that begins with scepticism and progresses to exhilaration.” I’m incredibly humbled and honored to be in this position.”
Source: CTV news
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