Mall Trip for Sippy Cups Turns into an ‘Extra-ordinary’ Day with $500,000 Win


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An ordinary trip to the mall to buy sippy cups turned into a life-changing experience for Lea Turner, when she realized she won $500,000. Matching all four Extra numbers in the September 10, 2019 Lotto Max draw, the Surrey resident said she was “in disbelief”.

“I took it to the retailer, she scanned it and covered the sign,” Turner said. “When she said it was $500,000, I started crying.”

Turner, who purchased the winning ticket at the same Lotto kiosk where she checked it, said the first person she told was her sister in Calgary and then her husband. “We were meeting at the mall to pick up some sippy cups for our son. My husband went to buy batteries, when he showed up, I told him and he screamed!”

Turner said her number one priority is to purchase a townhouse for her family. “We had a five-year plan to try to save up for a down payment and I’m already thinking of new furniture.”

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