Tom and Julie Eakins of Blackfalds won $250

Tom and Julie Eakins of Blackfalds won $250

Blackfalds couple wins $250,000 in lottery

A Blackfalds couple is a quarter of a million dollars richer after striking it big with their EXTRA ticket.

A Blackfalds couple is a quarter of a million dollars richer after striking it big with their EXTRA ticket.

Tom and Julie Eakins of Blackfalds bought their $250,000 winning ticket from the Run’N on Empty at 7110 50th Ave. for the April 12 draw. After buying a newspaper, the Eakins found the winning lottery numbers and compared them with their ticket.

“I saw the two zeroes on the EXTRA and said, ‘Yep, I have those,’ and then just kept checking,” said Tom.

After correctly matching all seven digits, they were ecstatic.

“I just can’t believe it,” said Tom.

“I can’t stop shaking,” said Julie.

The couple plan to bank their winnings for now, but would like to take a vacation with some of it.

“Maybe somewhere nice on the lake in B.C.,” said Tom.