A lucky couple, Joanne and Duane Thompson, have won the Lotto 6-49 Draw which is only open to Canadian citizens.
The couple won almost 46 million Canadian dollars before reductions, just over $46 million US.
Joanne went to the Casino Lethbridge to check on the lottery draw and was shocked when the casino clerk told her that she’d won.
Her surprise only grew when she learnt that she was the winner of the third-largest Lottery Canada Lotto 6-49 in history.
According to Duane, when Joanne “wasn’t really making sense” when she phoned him at work and kept repeating “we won the lotto” over and over again.
At first lottery officials were not sure who had bought the ticket. After it was announced that the winning ticket had been bought in Alberta lottery officials were very surprised that a winner hadn’t come forward.
At the time Andrea Marantz of the Western Canada Lottery Corporation said that the ticket wasn’t sold within Edmonton or Calgary but it “might be somebody that lives in Calgary or Edmonton who just happened to buy a ticket while they were out in the country.”
The Thompsons have said that they are not planning on buying a new house as they already have their dream home.