Filipino Janitor wins $7M in Canada lottery
A Filipino janitor in Canada has become an instant millionaire after winning 7 million Canadian dollars (P272 million) in the 6/49 Lotto on April 27.
According to the British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s (BCLC) press release, Vito Halasan matched all six numbers on his Lotto 6/49 ticket to win only a few days after celebrating his 58th birthday.
“I remember scanning my ticket and seeing all these numbers. I have a really blurry vision so I had to hold the ticket right up to my face. I couldn’t believe it,” Halasan said in a statement released by BCLC.
Halasan recalled how her daughter was thrilled upon learning that they won the lottery.
“He sat me down at the table. And then he whispered really quietly to me that he won $7 million dollars. I didn’t believe him. We had to check online several times,” her daughter recalled.
Halasan, together with his family, moved to Canada from the Philippines in 2009 searching for a better life. He said he will use his winning to pursue their dreams.
“I buy lottery tickets so I can dream. I dream of being able to take care of my kids and make their future better. Now we’ll be able to buy a nice house for my children and grandchildren,” Halasan said.
However, Halasan said he will not quit his job as a janitor but rather lessen his working hours.
Lotto 6/49 is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 7:30 p.m. (PT) in Canada. Each draw includes a Guaranteed Prize Draw of $1 million.
Last 2016, 41-year-old Patrick Estacio, an OFW in Montreal, Canada also won the Canadian lotto with a prize of $32.7 million.
Estacio said at first he thought he only won $32,700. He added he was surprised when the employee of the lotto outlet told him he is a millionaire.
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