Everyone dreams of hitting a lottery jackpot, but not everyone even tries and buys lottery tickets. Life is full of surprises, not always good ones, but sometimes it's just your lucky day!
Monica Hornbeck, who bought her $6 quick pick ticket at a McGregor Street store, won one of the Lotto Max prize draws December 7th. Hornbeck won her million-dollar prize by correctly playing all seven numbers in one of the Maxmillions draws.
The winner said she plans to use her winnings for retirement and to help her family. “It doesn’t feel like retirement is looming,” she said. “Now we’re really looking forward to it.
As per Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) there another millionaire in Winnipeg, but no one has claimed the prize yet.
WCLC said Thursday the winning $1 million ticket for the January 2nd Lotto 6/49 draw was sold in the city, but Manitoba’s first lottery millionaire of 2019 remains unknown. The ticket in question matched the winning number exactly: 22670269-01.
In 2018, 16 Manitobans won prizes of $1 million or more. Twelve of those winners were in Winnipeg.
Lorne Ronald bought his winning ticket at Mississippi Jack’s Car Wash on Beaverhill Boulevard for the October 19th draw and was shocked to discover that he was one of two Winnipeg winners.
“I hoped I had one of the winning tickets,” he said. “I always hope that I’ll win something, but this is crazy! I never expected it!
The winner was not sure how to spend such a jackpot, he thinks most of the money will go to his saving and will be used later, for the retirement needs.
Just a couple of weeks before that another Winnipegger also won a million dollars in the lotto, thanks to his luck. Bradley Houston said he had to check his winning lottery ticket a number of times before reality set in. On Tuesday, October 23rd the winning ticked played its part and now we have 1 more millionaire in Winnipeg.
Houston couldn’t really believe his luck, “I called a couple of buddies to come and look at the ticket with me. I’ve never won a million dollars before – I had no idea what to do with myself.” Houston, who recently retired, said he purchased his winning ticket at the lottery kiosk in Grant Park Shopping Centre on September 28th.
Fellow Winnipeggers let us hope the luck will find every one of us in the new year, 2019 is here. Happy New Year!