TORONTO, Jan. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - It was an interesting New Years Day for Stanley and Lottie Czaplicki. The Niagara Falls couple had scanned their LOTTO 6/49 ticket from the December 29, 2012 draw and thought they had a winning ticket for $15,500. Stanley went to
bed excited about his windfall, after they had double checked the
ticket themselves at a few different locations. It wasn't until the
next morning, when he validated the ticket at a local store, that he
discovered they had actually won $15.5 million.
"There was a woman standing next to me at the counter, and she looked at
the printout the retailer had given me and said 'that's not $15
thousand that's $15 MILLION!'. I was speechless," said the 83-year-old,
who spent 32 years working in automobile manufacturing plants in
His wife Lottie had already done the math, when she picked up the local
paper and noted that the headline was declaring 'a millionaire walking
"I realized when Stanley was out that we might have won a much larger
amount. When he came in the door, he didn't say anything at first,
until I asked him about what happened at the store. He was speechless.
He couldn't remember anything," Lottie explained. "I was surprised that
he stopped at Canadian Tire on the way home!"
The couple has been playing LOTTO 6/49 for three decades and is sure
that fate has intervened in their story.
"Stanley almost died last year. Now we know that he was supposed to
live, so that we could win the lottery!" explained Lottie, who is in
While Stanley has already told his kids they're going to be
millionaires, Lottie has been practical about her dreams.
"We live in a great neighbourhood right now, so I wouldn't want to move.
However, I would love to be able to retrofit our house to be more
comfortable for living as a senior," she explained.
This is the 40th winning LOTTO 6/49 jackpot ticket in Ontario in 2012, for a total of
over $218 million in jackpot prizes.
The winning ticket was purchased at Metro grocery store on Montrose Road
in Niagara Falls.
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Image with caption: "Stanley and Lottie Czaplicki collect their cheque for $15.5 million at the OLG Prize Centre, after winning the December 29, 2012 LOTTO 6/49 jackpot. (CNW Group/OLG Winners)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130103_C3929_PHOTO_EN_22270.jpg
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