Canada Golden ticket: Meet the couple who won the largest lottery prize in Alberta history

21:25  04 october  2017
21:25  04 october  2017 Source:   cbc.ca

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Meet the Alberta couple who won M on Lotto Max 0:00. Buying chicken feed at the corner store landed Brett McCoy and Robin Walker the biggest jackpot in Alberta history — a whopping million Lotto Max jackpot.

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Brett McCoy and Robin Walker of Peers, Alta., have won the largest lottery jackpot in Alberta history. © Western Canada Lottery Corporation Brett McCoy and Robin Walker of Peers, Alta., have won the largest lottery jackpot in Alberta history.

Buying chicken feed at the corner store landed Brett McCoy and Robin Walker the biggest jackpot in Alberta history — a whopping $60 million Lotto Max jackpot.

The couple was together when they bought the winning ticket from McLeod Trading Post in the hamlet of Peers, 35 kilometres northeast of Edson. 

"I ran into the store to buy chicken feed and some treats for my kids," Walker said in a statement. "I grabbed all our lottery tickets out of the glove compartment.

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"A whole bunch of numbers came up on the screen when I scanned the ticket. I thought, 'That can't be right.' So, I scanned the ticket again. 

"That's when I'm like, 'Oh, my gosh. So I holler out the door. I'm like, 'Brett, get in here. We won $60,000.'

"And so the clerk looks at me, 'Robin, you have to count the zeros.' " 

The Lotto Max jackpot was from the Sept. 22 draw. 

The identity of the winning couple was kept secret until they were introduced at an official cheque presentation in St. Albert on Wednesday.

As you'd expect, the couple are feeling overwhelmed by their good fortune. 

"It's surreal," Walker said in a news release. 

"I was pretty excited when I thought it was $60,000," McCoy said. "That would have taken care of a big chunk of our mortgage." 

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The two met when they both worked in the oilfield, where McCoy is still employed. Walker runs a hobby farm and is a stay-at-home mom to her four children, aged 4 to 16. 

With $60 million to consider, the couple said they don't plan to make any big decisions right away.  "We're going to sit tight for a while and decide what the best things to do with it," Walker said. "There's so much to think about."

The winning ticket was the only one sold across Canada to match all seven Lotto Max numbers drawn on Sept. 22, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission said in a news release. 

The ticket was an $11 quick pick.

"She can buy all the chickens she wants now," said McCoy.

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