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Canadian woman wins lottery on 18th birthday

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WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg teen celebrated her birthday the way most of us can only dream of — with a winning $1 million lottery ticket.

Taylor Witzke turned 18 on Labor Day, so as an adult, she decided to buy a few lottery tickets the next day — four Scratch 'n Win tickets.

"I scratched a Blackjack ticket and won nothing, then picked up the Set for Life ticket," Witzke said. "I saw three Set for Life symbols, but thought, no, you must need four. So I turned it over and read the instructions ... I handed it to my friends and said, 'Tell me I'm not dreaming.' I was ecstatic and unbelieving all at the same time!"

When she realized she had won $1 million, Witzke called her mother with the good news.

"There was lots of screaming," Witzke said.

Witzke recently graduated from Transcona Collegiate Institute, and is taking a year off before furthering her education.

Now, as a new millionaire, Witzke said travelling is on the top of her list.

"I do want to travel ... I definitely will take a trip or two somewhere," she said.

She'll also be sharing the wealth — she's decided to buy her mom a new car.

"I'm buying my mom a Camaro," Witzke said. "Ever since she found out, she's like, 'I need that Camaro!'"

Witzke said even with the windfall, she will keep working at her retail job.

"I love being there," she said.

Andrea Marantz, director of corporate affairs with Western Canada Lottery Corporation, said it was a great feeling to present Witzke with her winnings.

"She's a very nice young woman, she was just right over the moon," Marantz said.

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Thanks to Justin for the tip.

Toronto Sun

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rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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Posted: September 16, 2010, 10:28 am - IP Logged

Set for Life at 18 years old. Hmmm... I hope it works out that way.

Her mother's first reaction of "needing" a new Camaro right away is a little disconcerting.

I think it's probably best if this is an annuity in this case.


                                             
                     
                                         

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                   

"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                            --Edmund Burke

 

 

    savagegoose's avatar - ProfilePho
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    Posted: September 16, 2010, 10:33 am - IP Logged

    lol yeah she might be of the misconception that winning a million dollars is easy.

    at that age, it would be easy to blow it all, hey at any age. good luck girl, i think you may need more of it.

    2014 winnings

    JAN -$48.50;  FEB  -$77.5; MAR -$18.05;  APR -$96.05 MAY -$61.10; JUN $-85; JUL $-88.90; AUG -$144.10;  SEP - $127.30;

    yearly grandtotal1181.2      won=375.15   profit=-$806.05
      dpoly1's avatar - driver
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      Posted: September 16, 2010, 10:57 am - IP Logged

      Wow, I hope that she doesn't spend it all right away.

      At 18, one tends to be more than a little impetuous!

      I hoping for a big win on my non-birthday of September 18th! Woo Hoo!

      US FlagLet's take out the trash and drink a nice cup of tea on November 2, 2010!

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        Posted: September 16, 2010, 11:12 am - IP Logged

        WOW!!  Beginner's Luck for sure.

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          Posted: September 16, 2010, 11:41 am - IP Logged

          Oh ............

          and my dream is ..................

          to win the lottery .....................

          and work a retail job .................................................. Confused

            rcbbuckeye's avatar - Lottery-043.jpg
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            Posted: September 16, 2010, 12:11 pm - IP Logged

            Oh ............

            and my dream is ..................

            to win the lottery .....................

            and work a retail job .................................................. Confused

            That's too funny...

            My dream is to win the lottery and quit my retail job.

            CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

            A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

              B$Rizzle's avatar - a4leds
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              Posted: September 16, 2010, 12:26 pm - IP Logged

              Dang, moms is already hitting her up for a new car. wow. I hope it lasts this young lady, but it aint looking good so far

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                Posted: September 16, 2010, 2:39 pm - IP Logged

                That is definitely a great way to celebrate ones birthday. Yes Nod

                "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

                  dpoly1's avatar - driver
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                  Posted: September 16, 2010, 2:41 pm - IP Logged

                  That's too funny...

                  My dream is to win the lottery and quit my retail job.

                  Just a little humorJester on my part .................. LOL

                  I almost went broke working retail !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                  .......... and the work was ............ Sleep

                  Maybe .......... owning retail .............

                    maringoman's avatar - kobold
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                    Posted: September 16, 2010, 4:23 pm - IP Logged

                    First of all, is she really a millionare? I ask this because a winning $1,000,000 scratch ticket here in MA

                     will only get you around $500,000 when you cash it in. I guess what I'm asking is if Canada taxes lottery

                    winnings. If they do then saying she is a millionare is misleading. BUT whichever way, I wish I could hit even for $100,000 :-)

                    It's a futile effort.

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                      Monkey Butt, USA
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                      Posted: September 16, 2010, 6:20 pm - IP Logged

                      Congratulations to Ms. Witzke!! I wish her well in all her endeavors. Be careful and be safe.

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                        Posted: September 17, 2010, 5:04 am - IP Logged

                        How COOL is this story!!!! 

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                          Posted: September 18, 2010, 4:53 am - IP Logged

                          First of all, is she really a millionare? I ask this because a winning $1,000,000 scratch ticket here in MA

                           will only get you around $500,000 when you cash it in. I guess what I'm asking is if Canada taxes lottery

                          winnings. If they do then saying she is a millionare is misleading. BUT whichever way, I wish I could hit even for $100,000 :-)

                          There aren't any taxes on lottery winnings if I remember correctly but I don't know that's a 1M lump sum or annuity. Though either way I wouldn't call her a millionaire.

                          You can't predict random.

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                            Posted: September 18, 2010, 6:50 pm - IP Logged

                            Some people win early in life some people win late in life and millions of people NEVER WIN...It's the nature of the beast..