Vera Page struggled to believe she hit the jackpot when she realized she had won the Lotto Max $60 million grand prize.
But it was even tougher for my 83-year-old mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother of Van Creek Hills, Ontario. to persuade his family.
“I called my son Trevor around 9 p.m. and he didn’t answer the phone,” Paige told OLG. I finally got another wife, but she didn’t believe me and told me to go to bed,” he laughs.
Page won the $60 million Lotto Max jackpot in the November 1st draw. OLG hosted a small win gala with her in Toronto and interviewed her about her big win.
A regular lottery participant for 40 years, Page almost missed buying a ticket when his weekly outing from the nursing home to the grocery store was cancelled.
“When the staff at my nursing home rescheduled their weekly trips, I rode an electric scooter to the store myself,” she said.
She bought a ticket and shoved it under the computer until the draw. Her winning ticket was purchased at her Foodland on Highway 34 in Vankleek Hill.
When she won, when she couldn’t get in touch with her family, she called some friends in the nursing home, but they were half asleep in their beds. Paige said she stayed up most of the night thinking about her life-changing win.
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 to validate the ticket and make sure I didn’t see anything,” Vera told OLG. I put on a nightgown, a jacket, and half-dressed clothes and went to the store! When I handed the ticket to the clerk, the bells and whistles rang, and the clerk shouted that I had won the jackpot.
Paige was one of 11 children and helped raise her younger siblings. She donated a kidney to her sister and worked as a personal support her worker. Her son Trevor says her mother worked hard all her life and gave back a lot to her family. He said he was “overjoyed” that she won this money while she could still enjoy it.
“She deserves this fortune,” he told OLG.
Paige wants to buy a piece of land along the Ottawa River and build a two-family home for herself and her son’s family. She also wants to experience a cruise in Alaska, and she wants to spend the winter somewhere warm.
“Eastern Ontario has cold winters, so I would like to stay in warmer weather. .
“The most important thing is to share the prize money with my family. I want to take care of their future.”
But before she does all that, there are some more urgent purchases to make.
“I got new hearing aids!”