Canadian woman wins jackpot using numbers from husband’s 20-year old dream
Sign seen in a shop as the largest lottery jackpot in Canadian history is up for grabs on January 07, 2020. The Lotto Max jackpot is worth $70 million. (Photo by Creative Touch Imaging Ltd./NurPhoto via Getty Images)
TORONTO – A woman won a $60 million lottery jackpot after playing numbers that appeared in her husband’s dream.
“My husband had a dream about some lottery numbers 20 years ago,” Deng Pravatoudom said in a news release from Ontario Lottery and Gaming. Ever since, she’s played the same numbers, with the big payoff finally coming last month.
Pravatoudom, 57, won the LOTTO MAX drawing on Dec. 1, 2020.
According to lottery officials, Pravatoudom is a mother of two adult children and has two grandchildren.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she didn’t celebrate her win in person with family, friends or the media. Instead, she held a virtual celebration after collecting her prize from the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto.
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Pravatoudom is an immigrant who came to Canada from Laos in 1980 with her 14 siblings.
“My family was sponsored by a local church and because we had nothing, I am thankful for the great support they provided us over the years,” she said. “My husband and I have worked long hours as general laborers for over 40 years, trying to save what we could for our family. Due to the pandemic, I was laid off last spring, so this money will certainly help make our lives much easier.”
Pravatoudom said she’s a regular lottery player and plays the same numbers from her husband’s dream for the past 20 years.
“I left my temple after prayers, went to a nearby mall for some errands and to check my LOTTO MAX ticket. I won a Free Play ticket and added ENCORE,” she added. “I couldn’t believe a few days later that free ticket would be worth $60 million!”
Her husband broke the news to her.
“I went to the bank to pay some bills and my husband went to check the tickets. When we got into the car, he told me we won the $60 million jackpot. He was serious, not joking, so I knew he was telling the truth,” she explained. “I started to cry. I have always prayed for a blessing that my family would be taken care of!”
The couple plans to move out of their apartment and buy a new house with the winnings in addition to paying off some bills and offering help to immediate and extended family.
They also would like to travel when it’s safe to do so.
This story was reported from Los Angeles.
A woman won the lottery after playing the same numbers for the past 20 years that appeared in her husband’s dream.
Meet Brampton’s $70M man, winner of the largest lottery prize in Canadian history
A self-described “lucky guy” from Brampton has come forward as winner of largest lottery prize in Canadian history, the $70 million Lotto Max.
“I’m overwhelmed, excited, happy and shocked but mostly, I feel very, very blessed,” Adlin Lewis, 49, who works as a credit risk manager, said after accepting the prize on Tuesday.
It was just one day after the draw that Lewis found out he’d in fact won, the same morning the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) put out an alert to say the winner’s identity was still outstanding.
“While I was warming up my car, I scanned my ticket on the OLG Lottery App but I got an error message, so I tried again. And then I saw the words ‘Big Winner’ and the number 70!” he said. “I was shocked and wanted to confirm what I saw so I went online to see the winning numbers and one by one they matched!”
“I wanted to tell (my wife) in a special way — with a trip or something creative — but I couldn’t keep this news to myself, so I ended up waking her up in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday.”
Lotto Max raised the jackpot cap to $70 million last May, after a $60 million cap was set in 2015.
Adlin has been playing the lottery for the last 25 years and said he considers himself a lucky guy.
“A couple of years ago I won a car, and then more recently, I won both the first and second prizes in a workplace holiday draw,” he said. “When my colleagues found out that the winning $70 million Lotto Max ticket was sold in Brampton, they were joking at the office ‘Is Adlin here? Did Adlin call in sick today?’”
The $70 million ticket wasn’t the only jackpot ticket sold in Brampton that week. One ticket worth $1 million, and one worth just over $197,600, were also sold.
Adlin said he hopes to make some major investments following the win, and to find some time to travel with his wife. “We have a lot of options now,” he said.
“My wife has always wanted to try those VIP $100 slots in Las Vegas and now I can make that dream come true for her.”
The winning ticket was sold at George’s Convenience on Mississauga Road in Brampton. The odds of winning the main jackpot is about one in 33,294,800 per $5 play, according to the OLG.
Jan. 15, 2019 — Update: This story has been updated from a previously published version to add where the ticket was sold and what the odds are of winning the main jackpot.
Self-described “lucky guy” Adlin Lewis says he feels “very, very blessed” after his LottoMax ticket paid off.