Toronto Woman Wins CA$60 Million Lotto MAX Jackpot
After playing for 20 years with the same number combination, a Toronto woman finally struck it rich, winning a CA$60 million Lotto MAX jackpot.
A 57-year-old Toronto woman, Deng Pravavtoudom, who has been consistently playing the lotto for the past 20 years, using a combination of numbers that her husband saw in a dream, finally had her time to shine. Pravavtoudom, who played the Lotto MAX last December, struck the jackpot and, with it, an enormous cheque worth CA$60 million.
Pravavtoudom moved to Canada in 1980 from Laos, having had very little at the time and being supported by a local church. After a 40-year career as a general labourer, she was retrenched last spring due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this setback, Pravavtoudom continued to play the lotto with the same combination of numbers that she used for over 20 years.
A Winning Story
Earlier this month, Pravavtoudom went to her local mall in North York to check her latest Lotto MAX ticket. After realising that she had won a free play, she decided to add encore. A few days later, she was in utter disbelief after learning that her ticket was worth CA$60 million.
According to Pravavtoudom, she was “ecstatically happy and crying at the same time” when she learned of her fortunate situation. The lucky winner pointed out that she prayed for a blessing all her life and that this win is a dream come true.
The money won will go towards the building of a new house, paying off existing bills and helping out other family members, as well as travelling around the world once the pandemic is over. As a personal treat to herself, Pravavtoudom will be purchasing some diamonds.
A Fortunate Fortune Cookie
Late last year, five co-workers from Brampton each won CA$2,8 million from Lotto 6/49, after using a number combination found inside a fortune cookie. The quintet played the same game for close to eight years, before lady luck finally looked down on them on 24 October, awarding them with a grand prize of CA$14 million.
Despite there being no winner of the Lotto MAX CA$50 million jackpot in the last draw, one of the Maxmillion prizes went to a ticket holder in Ontario. Both of the Maxmillion prizes are estimated at over CA$1 million.