ST. ALBERT, AB, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Gordon and Georgina Martin are still
catching their breath after finding themselves in a whirlwind of excitement.
The Fort Saskatchewan couple returned from a weekend trip to Calgary and found
themselves $5 Million richer after matching all seven main winning numbers on
the February 6th SUPER 7 draw!
The whole adventure started with a soft drink. While on their way out of
town on Friday, the pair stopped at Fort Saskatchewan Mohawk at 9821-102
Street to get Georgina a pop. Gordon remembered that he hadn't yet purchased
his usual SUPER 7 ticket for that night's draw, so he bought a $5 Quick Pick
ticket with six Selections and one EXTRA 'ENTERED'.
After spending the weekend with their daughter in Calgary - where
Georgina also did some shopping for a new dress for a Caribbean cruise the
couple are planning - the Martins returned to Fort Saskatchewan on Sunday
evening, and Gordon went to another local service station to buy fuel. "I
noticed the sign said that next week's SUPER 7 Jackpot was $2.5 Million," he
remembered, "so I thought it must have been won, and I decided to check my
Gordon first tried the ticket in the store's self-service Ticket Checker.
"It said it was a $5 Million winner. I stepped back from the machine and
thought, 'That can't be right!' I thought there must be something wrong, so I
tried a LOTTO 6/49 ticket, but it said it appeared to be a non-winner."
After Gordon checked the SUPER 7 ticket a few more times and received the
same winning message, the clerk offered to check it in the terminal for him.
"She said it was a $500,000 winner, but then we counted the zeroes, and it was
$5 Million! The clerk said, 'I can't pay that!'" Gordon laughed.
When Gordon came home, "he was as white as a ghost," Georgina remembered.
"I couldn't believe it - I've never seen that many zeroes before!" After
double-checking the winning numbers on the Internet and sharing the news with
their son and daughter, the surprised winners spent a long night trying to
grasp the reality of the win. "We haven't slept a wink," Gordon said when the
couple claimed their prize on Monday.
Although the lucky winners indicated they definitely intend to pay off
their mortgage and help out some immediate family, they said they hadn't yet
decided what they plan to do with their windfall. The couple said they will
probably retire early, and they'd like to see some new parts of the world,
starting with their Caribbean cruise. "We took our first cruise last year, and
I think we caught the travel bug," Gordon said.
NOTE: Media Conferences for lottery wins of a million dollars or more are
recommended to the winner(s), but they are not mandatory. The above winner
respectfully declined to have a media conference, and this release announcing
the win has been issued.
For further information:
For further information: Andrea Marantz, 1-800-665-3313 ext. 1397