WINNIPEG, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - The town of Crossfield, Alberta is celebrating
its first million-dollar-plus lottery win, and it's one for the record books!
Robert and Rena Grimstad won $14,645,423 on the Saturday, August 11th LOTTO
6/49 draw, and they claimed their prize today. The windfall is the largest
lottery prize ever claimed by an individual or couple in Alberta, and the
second-largest prize in the province's history!
Seventy-three-year-old Robert says he's been playing LOTTO 6/49 since it
first began, and he bought the winning ticket from Terry's Foods, located at
1411 Railway Street in Crossfield. He had no idea that the $8 Quick Pick
ticket would soon change his life, but he later remembered one small detail
that set this purchase apart from the usual. "I usually get three lines of
numbers per ticket," he recalled, "but this time, for some reason, I got
Robert checked the ticket the Sunday morning following the draw by
calling the Calgary Winning Numbers Line, and he soon discovered the good
news. "I wrote the numbers down, and when I started to check the ticket, I
noticed I had the first three numbers on the fourth line. I thought, 'Oh,
good, that's $10,' but then I noticed I had all six numbers (1, 17, 23, 34, 37
Unable to believe his eyes, the former Armed Forces member called his
daughter in Regina and asked her husband to check the numbers on the Internet.
Sure now that the ticket in his hand was a Jackpot winner, he tried to call
Rena, who was in New York with another of their daughters. "It's funny,"
Robert recalled, "I told Rena before she left that I was going to win the
lottery! When I told her we had won, she didn't believe me at first, but when
I said she should get on a flight back, she knew I wasn't kidding!"
"We're both just blown away!" Robert added. Rena, a 68-year-old retired
land consultant, added that their incredible news has already begun to spread
throughout Crossfield. "I was just talking to a woman there, and she said,
'Rena, you've got the downtown core in a buzz!'"
The couple, who have five children, 23 grandchildren and four
great-grandchildren, said they plan to use their winnings to help their
extended family. "With the size of our family, nobody is going to get rich,
but it will sure make everyone's life easier," they said.
The town of Crossfield, with a population of about 2,600, is located
about 43 kilometres north of Calgary, on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway. The
Grimstads' windfall is surpassed in Alberta only by a $54.3 Million LOTTO 6/49
prize won on the October 25, 2005 draw. That prize was claimed by a group of
17 oil and gas workers in Central Alberta
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