Welcome Guest
Log In | Register )
The time is now 7:43 pm
You last visited September 18, 2014, 7:42 pm
All times shown are
Eastern Time (GMT-5:00)

Woman wins $40M, not $40K, sparking wild celebrations

Canada Lotto MaxCanada Lotto Max: Woman wins $40M, not $40K, sparking wild celebrations
52
Rating:

Includes video report

Let's pretend you just won $40 million. Do you sprint up and down the street "like a crazy woman"? Break into a "happy dance," while holding your oversized lottery check? Celebrate by chowing down at a Chinese buffet with your family?

If you're Maria Carreiro, the answer is all of the above — and then some.

The 51-year-old grandmother couldn't contain her excitement, when she talked to, sang to and danced for reporters on Monday after her big, big win.

"Thank you Lord, thank you Lord!" sang the ebullient, dancing Carreiro.

The Portuguese immigrant bought the ticket last Friday at Variety and Video, a store in Toronto, according to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. It was a bit of a splurge, because she didn't "have a lot of spending money," but it was one that would change her life forever.

After an initial check on Saturday morning, she excitedly told her daughter that she had won $40,000.

"Then ... she checked on the computer," Carreiro recalled. "She said, 'Mommy, you're $40 million richer.' "

What followed was pure joy.

"So I ran down the street like a crazy woman and checked the lottery ticket, and it said $40 million," she said of the winning ticket, which works out to about $39.4 million U.S. dollars.

"And then I go, 'Oh my god!' And I ran back up the street, home. And then I go, 'I need a glass of water,' " added an ever-smiling Carreiro, stirring laughter from the press corps.

For years, she worked in factories. Beyond that, many of her days have been spent caring for her children and grandchildren.

Now, the time has come to take care of all of them and herself.

That includes the honeymoon she never had, in Hawaii, with her husband, who at first didn't believe they'd struck it rich but has since quit his job. Carreiro said she also plans on using the money to buy a house "for my daughters and me." (But first, she said, the family enjoyed an all-you-can-eat meal at a Chinese restaurant.)

While there's no hiding their joy, her family is still coming to grips with their new, much richer reality — after years of hard work, sacrifice and doing what they could to get by.

"It still hasn't sunk in," said Carreiro's daughter Manuela, her eyes welling with tears. "My dad works so hard, and we've been struggling so much ... $40 million is so much money."

VIDEO: Carreiro at her press conference

GOwIUstVMPQ

Thanks to Ronnie316 for the tip.

Lottery Post Staff

We'd love to see your comments here!  Register for a FREE membership — it takes just a few moments — and you'll be able to post comments here and on any of our forums. If you're already a member, you can Log In to post a comment.

72 comments. Last comment 1 year ago by jamella724.
Page 1 of 5
Lucky4Life's avatar - batman14

United States
Member #85038
January 7, 2010
190 Posts
Offline
Posted: April 10, 2013, 7:37 pm - IP Logged

Yeah i saw that interview too.  Talking about buying houses and cars for her kids already *sigh*

    Avatar

    United States
    Member #122696
    February 6, 2012
    202 Posts
    Offline
    Posted: April 10, 2013, 7:42 pm - IP Logged

    Sooooo, 5 years, 3 years until this one is completely broke?

    Why is it idiots like this half the time that end up winning? sigh...PukeWhat?

      dpoly1's avatar - driver
      PA
      United States
      Member #66141
      October 16, 2008
      1444 Posts
      Offline
      Posted: April 10, 2013, 7:44 pm - IP Logged

      In New Jersey they would throw the ticket away LOL

      dpoly1 - Playing the lottery to save the jobs of those that build, transport, sell & maintain luxury items! -

       

      Eschew Poverty ........... Vote Conservative!

        Original Bey's avatar - Lottery-022.jpg

        Bahamas
        Member #133467
        September 30, 2012
        5462 Posts
        Offline
        Posted: April 10, 2013, 7:45 pm - IP Logged

        The gods have a sense of humor!

        "Everything works  ONCE!"

          Lucky4Life's avatar - batman14

          United States
          Member #85038
          January 7, 2010
          190 Posts
          Offline
          Posted: April 10, 2013, 7:57 pm - IP Logged

          Sooooo, 5 years, 3 years until this one is completely broke?

          Why is it idiots like this half the time that end up winning? sigh...PukeWhat?

          it's got to be, what? less than 20 million after taxes? I say 2-1/2 years

            Original Bey's avatar - Lottery-022.jpg

            Bahamas
            Member #133467
            September 30, 2012
            5462 Posts
            Offline
            Posted: April 10, 2013, 8:00 pm - IP Logged

            it's got to be, what? less than 20 million after taxes? I say 2-1/2 years

            In Canada 40m is 40m!

            "Everything works  ONCE!"

              Avatar

              United States
              Member #115454
              August 20, 2011
              30 Posts
              Offline
              Posted: April 10, 2013, 8:00 pm - IP Logged

              I don't think the Canadian government or the Queen (I don't know how Canada works) taxes lottery winnings. She keeps the full $40m. Anyways, good for her. That's why people play... to win.

                Lucky4Life's avatar - batman14

                United States
                Member #85038
                January 7, 2010
                190 Posts
                Offline
                Posted: April 10, 2013, 8:01 pm - IP Logged

                In Canada 40m is 40m!

                ok 5 years tops then.

                  Original Bey's avatar - Lottery-022.jpg

                  Bahamas
                  Member #133467
                  September 30, 2012
                  5462 Posts
                  Offline
                  Posted: April 10, 2013, 8:03 pm - IP Logged

                  ok 5 years tops then.

                  She can always open a dance studio once she blows through the cash.

                  "Everything works  ONCE!"

                    Avatar

                    United States
                    Member #138662
                    February 2, 2013
                    503 Posts
                    Offline
                    Posted: April 10, 2013, 8:07 pm - IP Logged

                    Sooooo, 5 years, 3 years until this one is completely broke?

                    Why is it idiots like this half the time that end up winning? sigh...PukeWhat?

                    as you can see, nature only favours the idiots and not the smart ones. Even if she go broke in 2 years , at least she will gain the experience and enjoyment of spending 40 million dollars, something most people die only dreaming about.....

                      whiteballz's avatar - Lottery-015.jpg
                      Nutley, New Jersey
                      United States
                      Member #131063
                      August 1, 2012
                      784 Posts
                      Offline
                      Posted: April 10, 2013, 8:19 pm - IP Logged

                      do you have to show up to the press conference in Canada? If they forced me to go, I'd wear a ski mask.

                      .

                        Lucky4Life's avatar - batman14

                        United States
                        Member #85038
                        January 7, 2010
                        190 Posts
                        Offline
                        Posted: April 10, 2013, 8:27 pm - IP Logged

                        as you can see, nature only favours the idiots and not the smart ones. Even if she go broke in 2 years , at least she will gain the experience and enjoyment of spending 40 million dollars, something most people die only dreaming about.....

                        "The Meek shall inheret the Earth"

                        Sad Cheers

                          Avatar

                          United States
                          Member #122696
                          February 6, 2012
                          202 Posts
                          Offline
                          Posted: April 10, 2013, 8:34 pm - IP Logged

                          do you have to show up to the press conference in Canada? If they forced me to go, I'd wear a ski mask.

                          LMAO, I wonder if you could do that? I mean technically you did come. Banana

                            larry3100's avatar - larry icon2.jpg
                            Redwood City,California
                            United States
                            Member #70503
                            February 3, 2009
                            161 Posts
                            Offline
                            Posted: April 10, 2013, 8:37 pm - IP Logged

                            Congratulations Maria. No taxes on that $40 million, in Canada. Now, I'll give Maria 5 to 7 years that she will go broke. A house for all family members and friends too. Cash loans to her friends that never will be paid back, and so on. Maria after she goes broke. Crying