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Canada couple collects $18.5M lottery win

Ontario Lottery and Gaming CorporationOntario Lottery and Gaming Corporation: Canada couple collects $18.5M lottery win

Lightning strikes twice as 6/49 win follows $13,000 slot machine windfall

A Caledon, Ontario, couple have won $18.5 million in the latest Lotto 6/49 draw, right after collecting a $13,000 slot machine jackpot.

Anthony and Antonietta Marrocco were on hand at the lottery offices in downtown Toronto this afternoon, beaming from ear to ear as they accepted the cheque.

The couple, who have been playing the lottery steadily for eight years, could hardly believe their good fortune. Antonietta had won $13,000 on the slot machines Saturday at Casino Rama in Orillia. She had even used $50 of her winnings to buy lottery tickets.

But it wasn't those tickets that had the magic numbers. Her winning ticket was purchased Friday night at a drug store in Bolton when she'd gone in to buy some birthday cards for her new daughter-in-law and some other relatives and friends.

She couldn't believe it when last night she realized she had a ticket for $18.5 million. She immediately woke her husband who was sleeping on the couch and started screaming that they had won the lottery.

One of her daughters was also there, shouting out the winning numbers. Said Anthony: "I thought they were pulling my leg."

The Caledon couple, who live on a farm, own a construction company. Anthony, 61, and Antonietta, 56, have four children and four grandchildren and plan to pay off everyone's debts with their winnings. The couple, celebrating their 25th anniversary on Dec. 11, also plan to pass on their company to their children to manage.

They have no other plans as of yet other than to take it easy. Fearful of flying, they don't plan to take any big dream vacations.

Tonight they planned to head home for a nice quiet family dinner to celebrate their good fortune.

"We just couldn't believe it," said Anthony. "You daydream about winning. But you never believe it's going to happen to you."

Toronto Star

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Hard Luck, Ak
United States
Member #23472
October 13, 2005
275 Posts
Posted: November 13, 2007, 3:41 am - IP Logged

I guess dreams do come true! Wow to win two jackpots is amazing! I hope my numbers hit soon, congrats to the winner!Patriot

    JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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    Member #4121
    March 23, 2004
    817 Posts
    Posted: November 13, 2007, 3:16 pm - IP Logged

    Wow!  Wow!  Wow!  Lucky!!!

    Watch them win the powerball next!!!



      MissNYC's avatar - diva
      Westchester, New York
      United States
      Member #49345
      January 27, 2007
      168 Posts
      Posted: November 13, 2007, 3:41 pm - IP Logged

      This seems to be a re-occuring theme...anyone else notice?

      "If you just keep believing, that dream that you wish will come true"



        gocart1's avatar - lighthouse
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        January 17, 2006
        419 Posts
        Posted: November 13, 2007, 4:01 pm - IP Logged

        This seems to be a re-occuring theme...anyone else notice?

        yes it does seem to be ....................i hope it happens to me someday........


        well congrats to the lucky couple.....

          grengrad's avatar - nw rogue.jpg
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          January 17, 2007
          172 Posts
          Posted: November 14, 2007, 6:42 pm - IP Logged

          This seems to be a re-occuring theme...anyone else notice?

          Yea, I know someone who won 2 10K+ prizes on the same day.

            Oak Creek WI
            United States
            Member #5403
            July 3, 2004
            44 Posts
            Posted: November 15, 2007, 6:44 am - IP Logged

            But read the statement they own their own construction business. so again this isn't someone that didn't have money first that won more money. So they must put enough money into the slot machine to win the $13,000.00 they'll never say how much they spent to win that amount. Then she used $50.00 of her winning but that wasn't from that bunch she won but from the ones she bought at the drugstore so she still used winnings to buy lottery tickets it sounds like.  So they must have been financial secure to being with. It's not a person who works a regular every day job that won all of this but a lucarative  business  owner.Disapprove

              ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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              November 21, 2007
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              Posted: December 9, 2007, 8:33 pm - IP Logged

              They're lucky people. Congrats to them!