TORONTO, April 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Brampton residents, Jaspreet and Gurbhej Sran went from being new parents to also being new millionaires in the span of three weeks.
The couple, who rarely play the lottery, purchased a LOTTO 6/49 ticket that won them a Free Play. It was that Free Play that won the Srans the $18,799,377.90 jackpot from the March 22, 2014 LOTTO 6/49 draw.
They had wide smiles as they recalled the exact moment of the win while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to claim their prize. Jaspreet had an unexplainable sensation that they were going to win something when she accompanied Gurbhej to check the ticket.
"I had a feeling we should go to the store and check our ticket," shared Jaspreet. "The self-checker said 'Big Winner, see retailer,' so we thought maybe we'd won $10,000. We were so surprised to find out it was much, much more!"
The couple migrated to Canada from the state of Punjab, India three and a half years ago.
Gurbhej works as a truck driver while Jaspreet is studying to become an accountant.
Cradling their one-week old baby, the sleep-starved new parents said they haven't had much time to plot out all their future plans, but they have some priorities. They want to bring their parents to Canada to share in their joy and to help with the baby. With Jaspreet's background in finance, investing is very important in order to secure the baby's future. Buying a new home is also on their wish list. Gurbhej plans to buy his dream truck and continue working. They are both keen to help those less fortunate in Canada and in India as well.
The winning ticket was purchased at Mac's on Peter Robertson Boulevard in Brampton.
Since LOTTO 6/49 was launched in June 1982, Ontario players have won more than $10 billion in prizes, including 1,275 jackpot wins. As of February 10, 2014, there have been 3,136 LOTTO 6/49 draws. For more information, please visit olg.ca and click on Lotteries.
OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $38 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG's annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.
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Image with caption: "New parents Jaspreet and Gurbhej Sran collect their cheque for $18,799,377.90 after winning the March 22, 2014 LOTTO 6/49 draw. (CNW Group/OLG Winners)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140410_C9349_PHOTO_EN_39090.jpg
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