WINNIPEG, Nov. 10 /CNW/ - $50 Million. It is an almost unfathomable amount of money. And that's the prize Kirby and Marie Fontaine won on the LOTTO MAX draw of Friday, November 6, 2009!
Kirby and Marie live in the Sagkeeng First Nation, about 150 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. On the afternoon of November 6th, Marie picked her daughter up from school and stopped in at the Broadlands Store in Pine Falls, just outside of Sagkeeng. While there, Marie purchased a ticket for that evening's LOTTO MAX draw.
The following day, Marie heard that the $50 Million Jackpot had been won by a ticket purchased in Manitoba. She asked her husband to check the numbers and then called the Broadlands Store to re-check. Still unable to believe what she was hearing, the Fontaines drove to Broadlands Store to check the ticket on the self-serve Ticket Checker. Sure enough, it showed a 5 followed by seven zeroes!
"I was completely in shock," Marie said, giving her head a small shake.
"It was a very emotional time, for sure," added Kirby.
The family traveled to Winnipeg to prepare for claiming their prize.
"I was running around Polo Park Shopping Centre Sunday afternoon, trying to find something to wear!" Marie laughed. "We were late, and they started to turn the lights out on us!"
The family has decided they need some time to think through all the many decisions that lie ahead. They are determined to take that time. Meanwhile, Kirby and Marie are excited and optimistic about their future.
LOTTO MAX is Canada's newest lottery game. The game debuted in September with its first draw held on September 25, 2009.
Revenue generated from Manitoba Lotteries gaming products and
services have a direct and positive impact on Manitobans with net
revenue allocated towards government programs in health care, education,
social and community services and economic development.
SOURCE Western Canada Lottery Corporation
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