A woman in Eastern Ontario appreciates a recent trip to the grocery store when she bought a winning ticket to the $60 million Lotto Max drawing on November 1st.
Vera Paige of Van Creek Hills, Ontario, barely bought a ticket as her weekly trip to the grocery store at her nursing home at age 83 was postponed.
“When my nursing home staff rescheduled my weekly trip, I rode my electric scooter to the store myself. It reminded me to buy it for the encore, and when I got home I shoved the ticket under the computer until the draw.”
Page confirmed her tickets after hearing they were on sale in the Prescott and Russell areas.
She says she struggled to convince herself of the victory, but even more so to convince her friends and family.
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“I called my son Trevor around 9pm and he didn’t answer the phone. Then I called my daughter-in-law and she didn’t answer either. I caught him, but he didn’t believe me and told me to go to bed,” he laughed.
The next morning her son returned the phone and rushed to her apartment upon hearing the news.
“I told him I needed to go to Foodland where I bought the ticket and validate the ticket to make sure we didn’t see anything,” Paige said. I put on pants over my nightgown, put on my jacket, and went half-naked to the store.
“I handed the ticket to the clerk, and the bells and whistles rang out, and the clerk yelled that I had won the jackpot.”
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Paige raised her family while working as a personal support worker. In 1983, when her sister fell ill and needed a kidney transplant, she found she was the match and she didn’t hesitate to donate her kidney, saving her sister’s life. I saved you.
Paige says he plans to spend some of the prize money on an Alaskan cruise, a trip to warmer climates, and “a big boat where a lot of people can sleep and cruise the Ottawa River.”
She also wants to share her winnings with her family.
Winning tickets were purchased at Foodland on Highway 34 in Van Creek Hills.
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