One Canadian lottery winner has revealed how she abandoned her tomato juice at the checkout after realising she had scooped a $1 million MAXMILLION jackpot.
Penny Nabokov admits: “I think the tomato juice I was buying is still sitting there at the counter where I discovered the win.”
She had popped into the Saanich Centre Thrifty Foods to stock up on groceries, when she decided to validate her Lotto Max ticket – a game she plays only occasionally, when the jackpot grows to a certain size.
And as the zeroes racked up on the screen, she realised she’d just become a millionaire after matching all seven numbers in the November 2nd draw.
The rest of the store’s staff and customers were understandably excited for her – and employees even escorted her out to her car to make sure she got there safely.
Penny now plans to replace that car, which is 25 years old, as well as to clear her mortgage debt and treat members of her family.
Two people shared the $50 million jackpot on November 2nd, including one British Columbia resident who purchased their ticket in Bulkley Valley-Stikine.
However, that $25 million share has yet to be claimed – perhaps because the winner is still trying to come to terms with the size of the payout.