An Alberta local took the opportunity to poke fun at Canada’s rising inflation and high cost of living while claiming her $200,000 lottery win.
Elizabeth Dunham purchased a $7 Lucky Lines Extravaganza Ticket at a M&M Mini Mart in Ardmore, Alta. When she realized that she had won big, she was shocked, but not enough to lose her sense of humour.
“Well, I’m going to buy a pound of butter and a tank of gas; I’m hoping there will be some money left over after that,” said Dunham, at the prize centre, according to a statement by the Western Canada Lottery Corporation.
After sharing a laugh, she continued to clarify what she actually plans to put the win toward.
“I’m just kidding. My husband and I have plans to pay our house off.”
“I really didn’t think I had won anything at first,” she said. “I uncovered a line on the ticket that I had never seen before and didn’t think much of it.”
With a $7 ticket, you get to scratch your own symbols on a card, as well as scratch to reveal the designated game symbols. If you exactly match all the symbols on any one of your lines, you win a corresponding prize.
After scanning the ticket on the Lotto Spot app a few times before it registered, the machine eventually clicked to notify Dunham of her win. Her reaction was disbelief and excitement.
“My reaction was: ‘Holy crap!’” laughed Dunham. “Well, that’s the nice version of what I said anyway.”
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