TORONTO, May 26, 2022 /CNW/ - Ontario's newest multi-millionaire, Leah Murdoch-Gerics from Hamilton has some good advice for those who buy their lottery tickets on OLG.ca – don't ignore the email from OLG that says you won a prize!
Leah won the $60 million jackpot from the April 19, 2022 LOTTO MAX draw and collected her life-changing windfall at a special cheque presentation held at Woodbine Entertainment's Trackside Clubhouse in Toronto.
Leah, who purchased her $5 Quick Pick LOTTO MAX ticket on OLG.ca becomes the largest LOTTO MAX jackpot winner so far who purchased their ticket online. She remembered seeing an email from OLG the morning after the draw indicating that she had won a prize. The 58-year-old married mother said she was facing a busy day ahead, so she didn't open the email until later. "When I see OLG emails in my inbox, they normally say I won a Free Play ticket, but this specific email looked different." When she logged into her OLG.ca account and saw the prize amount, she said she was suddenly calm. "I didn't know what to do next. I couldn't really fathom this was happening to me."
She was waiting for her husband to have a free moment so she could show him a screen shot of the prize amount. "He looked at me and said, 'Oh you won $60-thousand.' I urged him to take a closer look. It was clear at that moment what he saw! We were both in shock and just stared at each other stunned in disbelief."
One of the best moments was when Leah and her husband told their children this life-changing news. "It was seeing the shock on their faces when they realized that they get to enjoy all the excitement without the responsibilities," laughed Leah. "However, my husband and I realized the responsibility of this win immediately. It's a huge blessing. We are very aware that we have to use this money wisely."
Leah, who is an occasional lottery player, says it's been surreal trying to make plans for the money, but she says she has some wise counsellors around her. "In fact, my husband was planning to retire but now he has accepted a new and unexpected position as 'family money manager'."
The most immediate plan for a portion of the winnings is a trip for the family, but they are still contemplating the destination. "I don't see any major changes in the immediate future because who knows where we will be a year from now," said Leah. "This is just an emotional journey that starts with disbelief and builds into excitement. I feel so humbled and honoured to be in this place at this moment."
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