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Canadian woman wins lotto twice

Canada 6/49Canada 6/49: Canadian woman wins lotto twice

Beating 'astounding' odds, Toronto senior held two of three winning tickets in $24M jackpot

With luck like hers, Mary Wollens should buy a lottery ticket — or two.

In what's being described as an unprecedented win in Lotto 6/49 history, 86-year-old Wollens held two of three winning tickets in the Sept. 30 draw, scoring her a windfall of $16 million.

The Etobicoke woman credited a prophetic dream for the windfall, saying she saw the winning numbers in her sleep.

"I was lying in bed and I had a dream about numbers so I wrote them down when I woke up," she told the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.

"I should pay more attention to my dreams I guess," she said.

Wollens felt so confident that, the next day, she bought a second ticket playing the same numbers at the same Royal York Smoke store in Etobicoke.

"We don't think this has ever happened in recent history with such a large jackpot," said OLGC spokesman Teresa Roncon.

"The odds of that are astounding."

Wollens has been playing similar numbers since Lotto 6/49 began in 1982, typically playing between $5 and $10 per draw.

"I won $100 on the very first ticket I ever bought. I thought that it was such a good omen I even named my new tomato hybrid plants 6/49," she said while collecting her prize at the OLG Prize Centre.

The winning tickets this time were two $20 tickets.

Wollens made two separate trips to the prize office: when she told staff she had a second winning ticket at home, she was told to go home and bring back the other $8 million ducat. She deposited one cheque at the bank, went to the prize office, then made a second deposit shortly after.

"I bought my ticket on Thursday, felt really good about the numbers so I played them again on Friday ... guess it paid off," she said grinning.

The other winning ticket was sold in B.C.

Wollens has one son. She plans to splurge on herself, beginning with a haircut and a new wardrobe.

Toronto Sun

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United States
Member #30273
January 14, 2006
494 Posts
Posted: October 6, 2006, 11:04 am - IP Logged

Well played!

    North Brunswick NJ
    United States
    Member #39013
    May 8, 2006
    12211 Posts
    Posted: October 6, 2006, 5:55 pm - IP Logged

    Well played!

    Annuities ? 86 years old lady.

      United States
      Member #46824
      October 1, 2006
      270 Posts
      Posted: October 6, 2006, 6:20 pm - IP Logged

      By purchasing the second ticket she increased her share of the jackpot by $4 million.  How would it feel to be the other winner in B. C.?  Good, but could/should have been $4 million better!

      As they say dreams can come true!!


        United States
        Member #34266
        March 1, 2006
        188 Posts
        Posted: October 6, 2006, 7:51 pm - IP Logged

        Maybe she will be one of those retirees who retire by continously taking cruises.   I would do that if I won at her age.      Annunities can be passed on to benficiaries,  maybe  her  only son is a spendthrift  so she chose annuities.  I just love to speculate!!

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          United States
          Member #2338
          September 17, 2003
          2063 Posts
          Posted: October 6, 2006, 11:04 pm - IP Logged

          Canada only offers tax-free cash not annuities. This doesn't seem that odd considering she had multiple tickets for the same drawing. If she had won several drawing than that would be interesting.

            Plymouth, MI
            United States
            Member #23028
            October 6, 2005
            42 Posts
            Posted: October 8, 2006, 4:01 pm - IP Logged

            Why would they call this "Astounding" ?  All she did was play the same numbers twice.


              Member #20982
              August 29, 2005
              4715 Posts
              Posted: October 9, 2006, 2:29 pm - IP Logged

              you are going to tell me that the same draw repeated twice? I got lost reading the news...Anyways That's great...What's incredible is that she dreamt it...Just prove that you have the most advanced Supercomputer in your head...

              Did anyone see the show: how lottery changed my life on the discovery channel like a week ago?They were talking about lottery winners and how they live after they won the lottery...Did anyone see the young guy that said that he knew he was going to win the lottery because he dreamt the numbers..He play those same numbers he dreamt and he won the lottery and now he was on TV...This is the second time i heard someone dream their numbers play them and won the lottery: Millions too...



               "Laura Simpson, from Great lakes, Illinois, deserves to be rich.."        "...she is so rare..."


                United States
                Member #10720
                January 23, 2005
                933 Posts
                Posted: October 10, 2006, 10:35 pm - IP Logged

                This is not without precedent.. remember the guy in Washington State played 10 lines of Mega (based on a system!) and won 5 of 6 on all 10? I remember also someone played the same #s twice, forgetting he played it already, and won 2 shares of a mega prize.. the story says the "Sept. 30 drawing" so it sounds like she played the numbers and then played them again for the same drawing maybe figuring if she got 5 of 6 or less it would pay double.. onetime it happened to me the clerk ran the Pick 5 ticket twice by mistake and it won 3 of 5 so I got 2x the 3 of 5 prize.

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                  st. pete
                  United States
                  Member #6680
                  September 3, 2004
                  1226 Posts
                  Posted: October 12, 2006, 12:00 pm - IP Logged

                  What were her winning numbers?

                    freeport bahamas
                    Member #46427
                    September 10, 2006
                    63 Posts
                    Posted: October 15, 2006, 11:32 pm - IP Logged

                    mam,m i would like to say that you are really lucky/ i hope you enjoy the rest of your life with your money ,have some fun, travel , hey come visit the bahamas , go to nassau at  x-mas /new years and enjoy are parade we have with pasted costumes and cowbells and drums , or go see alaska, but enjoy it, mine is on the way , i  guess and  i wish all you other members luck , and keep playing, like the monkey said when he lost his tail, hey it aint long nowHyperPartyBanana

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                      Member #47080
                      October 18, 2006
                      10 Posts
                      Posted: October 18, 2006, 2:24 am - IP Logged

                       It was a hell of a win for sure , Another elderly lady just few days ago went to the local mall and got a $ 5 scratch off at the Shopper's Drugmart store and comes back later with the ticket asking the lady at the cash if her card won anything. LOL did it win anything only 1 million dollers right there....