A woman from Yellowknife named Laura Tutcho has been announced as the May winner of an astounding Lotto Max lottery jackpot.
The Northwest Territories and Nunavut Lotteries announced this month that Ms Tutcho had won $55 million playing Lotto Max on May 1.
The win is the Northwest Territories’ largest-ever lottery jackpot.
The West Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) said that Ms Tutcho had bought her winning Lotto Max ticket from a Reddi Mart convenience store in Yellowknife.
The winning ticket was a quick pick – a ticket with a series of numbers randomly chosen by the computer algorithm.
And it only cost $11 – talk about getting enough bang for your buck!
The winning numbers were 3, 12, 25, 36, 37, 42, and 49.
Ms Tutcho was the only player across Canada to hit all seven winning numbers in the draw.
“Are you all right, Grandma?”
After one of her granddaughters mentioned that someone in Yellowknife had won the draw, Ms Tutcho went online to check the numbers.
When she saw that the winning numbers matched the numbers on her ticket, she simply couldn’t believe it.
“I was in shock! I said, ‘Oh, my god!’ My grandkids came in right away, and my grandson asked, ‘Are you all right, Grandma?'”
“I just kept looking at the ticket, and looking back at the numbers,” she said. “My granddaughter told me, ‘the numbers haven’t changed, Grandma’.”
“I’m just beside myself,” Ms Tutcho told the WCLC upon accepting the cheque. “It’s so exciting and overwhelming.”
Using the money for a good cause
Although it was initially hard to believe, Ms Tutcho finally started getting used to the idea that she was going to become a multi-millionaire.
She made the wise decision of consulting with financial advisors to figure out how to best put her massive windfall to good use. Consulting with trained financial professionals is recommended to anyone who comes across a sudden influx of wealth.
As a grandmother to several children, Ms Tutcho’s initial plans for the money involves helping her immediate family.
Ms Tutcho is also a member of the Délı̨nę First Nation. According to her official biography, completed her Master of Education degree in Indigenous Language Revitalization in 2016, and is determined to ensure that her Sahtúot’ı̨nę language remains alive for future generations.
This noble goal may certainly be helped along with a multi-million dollar win!