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Markham caregiver wins $60-million jackpot

Markham resident Lai Ching Yau and her family “cried happy tears” after learning she won $60 million.

“My body went numb and my mind went blank. I couldn’t think or feel anything,” the caregiver told OLG after winning the Lotto Max jackpot from the January 17 draw.

Yau saw the win confirmation on her OLG app but couldn’t believe it was true and sent her family a screenshot. “They told me to calm down and breathe. When they confirmed it was true, they told me to sign the ticket, but my hands were shaking so much I couldn’t hold the pen!”

Though Lai took some time to compose herself before heading to the store to validate her ticket, she left the shop before completing the process. The clerk flagged her down through the window because she needed to speak with OLG about how to claim the windfall.

Admittedly, sharing the news with her family was an emotional moment. “They all hugged me so tight and we cried happy tears together,” Lai recalls. “I plan to take my family out for a nice meal where we can discuss the future and decide what dreams will come true.”

She’s also thinking about buying a new home but says travel tops her bucket list. “I plan to take this next part of my journey one step at a time. I feel so lucky to be in these unbelievable circumstances,” says Lai. She purchased the winning ticket for the January 17 draw at Times Circle Plus on Highway 7 in Richmond Hill.

Markham resident Lai Ching Yau won a $60-million Lotto Max jackpot. (CNW Group/OLG Winners)

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