Two men from Ponoka won a cool $100k just days apart in November.
Kenneth Novotney and Ronald Klinger each took home a $100,000 prize.
Novotney recalled the moment he saw a number with a bunch of zeroes show up on a local lottery retailer’s ticket checker.
“I said to the store clerk, ‘Hey, I won some money,” Novotney recalled. “He scanned my ticket and said, ‘yeah, you did! But, I don’t have enough money to pay you that,” he said.
The excited winner proceeded to call and tell his wife after he finished fueling his vehicle. “She was super excited for me,” said Novotney.
The happy winner has a few plans for his windfall: “I’m mostly going to pay some bills and put money on my mortgage,” he said.
“The pressure is off!”
Novotney purchased his ticket from the Reddi Mart at 4509 39 Avenue in Ponoka on November 23. He won by matching the last six digits of the winning EXTRA number for the November 25 LOTTO MAX draw.
Klinger woke up $100,000 wealthier after taking home the second-highest EXTRA prize for the November 30 LOTTO 6/49 draw.
Klinger picked up his ticket from Husky at 5702 Highway 2A in Ponoka on the day of the draw. He discovered his win the next morning when he scanned his ticket using the same store’s self-checker.
“It was hard to see the zeroes,” Klinger recalled as he claimed his prize. So, he scanned his ticket one more time before sharing the good news with his parents.
The happy winner said he plans to pay some bills and relax with his windfall.
Klinger won by matching the last six digits of the winning EXTRA number – 1577858. “The pressure is off,” he said. “It’s nice not having to worry about money.”