Markham's Lai Ching Yau said she got the shock of a lifetime when she discovered she is Ontario’s newest multimillionaire.
“My body went numb, and my mind went blank. I couldn’t think or feel anything,” she recalled after learning she had won the $60-million Lotto Max jackpot from the Jan. 17, 2023 draw.
“I knew I needed my family to help make sure it was real, so I called them and sent them a screenshot of the win on the OLG App. They told me to calm down and breathe – when they confirmed it was true, they told me to sign the ticket, but my hands were shaking so much I couldn’t hold the pen!”
Lai, who is a caregiver, took some time to compose herself before heading to the store to validate her ticket.
“I was so shocked in the store that I left before I could even finish validating the ticket. The clerk had to flag me down through the window,” she said as OLG needed to speak to her about the next steps in claiming this incredible windfall.
Sharing the news with her family in person was an emotional moment.
“They all hugged me so tight, and we cried happy tears together. It was so touching to have everyone so happy for me," she added.
Lai admits her win has been a lot to process.
“I plan to take my family out for a nice meal where we can discuss the future and decide what dreams will come true.”
She is also considering buying a new home, but travelling is first on the bucket list.
“I will let all this sink in while I relax and settle into this incredible win. I plan to take this next part of my journey one step at a time. I feel so lucky to be in these unbelievable circumstances,” she concluded.
The winning ticket was purchased at Times Circle Plus on Highway 7 in Richmond Hill.