A Filipino family just won the largest lottery jackpot in the history of Manitoba, Canada.
The single ticket sold in Canada to match the winning numbers for the Jan. 22 Lotto Max draw has just made a Winnipeg family $60M richer.
According to the Western Canada Lottery Corporation, John Chua, his wife, Jhoana, his mother, Angie Chua, and his uncle, Ben Lagman have claimed their $60 million prizes on Tuesday.
“I thought it might be a Free Play of something,” said John Chua, as he and his family were presented to the media by the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC).
“But it said $60 million, I was confused so I checked on the website when I got home.”
According to the WCLC, Chua did not realize he had won the largest jackpot in the state’s history. Chua purchased the lottery tickets online.
The lucky numbers Chua picked were 11, 21, 23, 25, 41, and 43.
John said his mind “went blank” upon realizing that he won the lottery.
“I think my mind just went blank. I couldn’t think of anything. ‘Is this real?’ That’s all I could think of,” John said.
“I told my mom, maybe this won’t be real until we actually contact them and get the check and whatever,” he added.
“He always plays jokes – he’s a joker, so I didn’t believe it,” Angie said. “I believe now that it’s real.”
When John was asked, he said they will be getting a new home and he’ll likely keep playing the lottery.
“There’s a lot of things that come to mind but I’m going to take my time. I want to be wise. We’ve got kids and need to think for our future,” John stated. “I just want to take the time and do the smart thing.”