A LOTTERY winner who thought she had only scooped $100 tucked the ticket away in her wallet for a month – only to realise she had won $100,000.
Katrina Nicholls and her husband Ernest have played the lottery for more than four decades.
After buying a Lotto Max ticket, Katrina said she decided to scan the ticket using her phone.
“We’ve tried our hands at all the games over the years,” she said.
“I was at home when I checked the ticket on the app. I thought the win was for $100 at first.”
Happy with her windfall, Katrina decided to put the winning ticket aside and planned to cash it in at another time.
“I tucked it in my wallet for a month,” she explained.
But when she checked it again, she was stunned to realise she had actually won $100,000.
The couple, from Ontario, had matched the last six of seven numbers in the exact order in the September 9 Lotto Max draw and had won $100,000.
Katrina said: “We didn’t believe the $100,000 prize amount until today when it was confirmed at the prize centre. This is our first big win.
“I feel incredible gratitude.”
Her husband Ernest said he was “still numb” after the huge win, Daily Hive reports.
The couple said they plan to use the cash to enjoy their retirement – and to spoil their grandchildren.
The winning ticket was bought at The Bargain Centre on Main Street in Markdale.
It comes after a car wash manager who used to earn just £330 a month scooped a massive £7million after buying a ticket on his birthday.
Kathar Hussain saved up his tips from customers to buy the winning lottery ticket.
He was on holiday in India, where his family live, when he struck lucky in the UAE’s Big Ticket Draw.
The huge £7million prize is the biggest in the competition’s 30-year history – making Kathar one of the biggest ever jackpot winners in the UAE.
He said he would split the life-changing cash with his friend Devaraj – who he collected tips with to buy the ticket.
Another lottery winner was left “shaking” after realising he made a huge mistake as he checked his £80,000 winning lottery ticket.
And another winner scooped a whopping £1.5million using the same number combination she’s used for years.