A County of Wetaskiwin couple has won $12.5 million in LOTTO 6/49.
Stella Sacrey and Edward Philpott won the jackpot on the Feb. 28 draw after purchasing a $7 ticket at Pigeon Lake Petro Canada in Westerose.
The morning after the draw, Sacrey first checked the ticket in hopes of winning the $100,000 add-on game EXTRA.
“I checked the EXTRA number first, because I read there were two $100,000 EXTRA winners in Alberta. We won $2 on EXTRA, but it wasn’t really what I was hoping for,” she said.
Sacrey then checked the LOTTO 6/49 numbers and saw their ticket exactly matched all main winning numbers drawn – 3, 14, 36, 38, 40 and 48.
“I was completely speechless,” she said. “It’s one of those things that you just can’t believe – even when you know it’s true.”
The happy couple said they have yet to decide what to do with their winnings, but they have a couple ideas.
“We both would like to do some travelling,” said Sacrey. “I’d like to go to Ireland and Ed has always wanted to go to Hawaii.”
Philpott had a smaller idea for the prize.
“I need to get a new windshield for my car,” he said, adding, “Well, maybe now I’ll get myself a new car.”
Philpott said he was still asleep when Sacrey cam to tell him the news.
“I didn’t believe her at first. You always hope that you’ll win something big, but it’s overwhelming when you do,” he said.
A press conference was held in Stettler Wednesday to introduce the couple. The WCLC head office is located in Stettler.
Sacrey and Philpott’s win is the seventh prize of a million dollars or more paid to Albertans so far in 2018.
That number could grow if the holders of two outstanding $1 million winning tickets sold in the province come forward.
The first of those winning tickets was a LOTTO 6/49 ticket sold somewhere in Alberta, outside of Edmonton and Calgary. The ticket won the $1 million guaranteed prize on the Nov. 8, 2017 draw. The winning number was 30387462-03.
The second is a LOTTO MAX ticket for the Dec. 15, 2017 draw, sold in Edmonton. That ticket won a $1 million MAXMILLIONS prize with the winning numbers 3, 10, 25, 26, 33, 39 and 47.
The winners of both prizes have one year from the winning draw date to claim the prizes.