Sandee Towers thought it was a joke.
“At first I just didn’t believe him,” she said after her husband, Wayne Martin, told her they’d won the $7 million jackpot in the June 27 Lotto 6/49 draw.
Martin decided to surprise his wife, who was travelling in England, by meeting her in London with two of their children to share the news face-to-face.
“Remember how we wanted to buy a Jeep,” Martin told Towers. “Well now we can.”
Towers recalled asking her husband what he was talking about. Then he showed her a newspaper article about a $7 million ticket sold in Richmond.
Martin bought the ticket at 7-Eleven on Granville Avenue and Cooney. It’s a custom he followed every week.
After self-checking the ticket and seeing all the zeros after the number seven, he said it took a few minutes to sink in.
“I looked at the numbers but it just didn’t compute,” he said. “I got a Slurpee and went back and checked my ticket again. Then I took a picture and bought my other tickets.”
The couple is also looking forward to spending more time with their four children, and buying a house in the B.C. Interior.
“We’re a close-knit family. Pretty quiet,” said Towers. “We like to spend lots of time with our children.”
She added: “We’re both just so excited. This win takes so much pressure off of our family. We can help our children, savour a slower pace, and do more of the things we love and just enjoy being together.”