Imagine dreaming about numbers, and 20 years later, your wife wins the lottery with those numbers – that is some sort of a miracle!
Deng Pravatoudom is a 57-year-old woman with two adult children and two grandchildren who came to Canada in 1980 with her 14 siblings from Laos.
A woman played the lottery with the number that her husband dreamt of for 20 years, and finally that Toronto woman won the lottery! She is now $60 million richer on Dec. 1, 2020, than before – how lucky! Who do you think could be the woman?
You guessed it right –it is Deng Pravatoudom!
“All the hardship is over now,” Deng Pravatoudom said through a translator while accepting her huge cheque while the confetti falls all around her on Monday!
“I was ecstatically happy, I was crying at the same time. I cried so much.” She said.
OLG said the 57-year-old woman, Deng Pravatoudom, is also the first participant ever in its “virtual winner celebration.” Due to the province-wide lockdown and the ongoing pandemic, OLG could not hold the traditional in-person Winner’s Celebration with family, friends, and the media in attendance, and so virtual celebration was the next best option, they said, which made her not only $60-million richer but the first person to have a virtual winner celebration. How cool is that?
Due to the pandemic, many people were laid out and that included Deng. In hopes of things getting better, she continued to play the same lottery number that she had been since the past two decades (the same one that came to her husband in a dream!)
Not surprisingly, it was her husband who broke the exciting news! “I went to the bank to pay some bills, and my husband went to check the tickets,” she said in a told a statement. “When we got into the car, he told me we won the $60 million jackpot. He was serious, not joking, so I knew he was telling the truth. I started to cry. I have always prayed for a blessing that my family would be taken care of!”
How heart-warming is that last sentence?
“My family was sponsored by a local church, and because we had nothing, I am thankful for the great support they provided us over the years,” said Deng. “My husband and I have worked long hours as general labourers for over 40 years, trying to save what we could for our family. Due to the pandemic, I was laid off last spring, so this money will certainly help make our lives much easier.”
Considering how tough 2020 went, and how many people were laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it indeed is a huge blessing to win a $60-million lottery jackpot – all your worries fly away!
Deng Pravatoudom and her husband are planning to move out of their apartment into a new house, pay some bills, help out their family members, and last but not least, travel the world!
Wow, I sure wish I could travel the world –that is like a dream come true!
“Except for when I came to Canada from Laos, I have never really travelled, so I want to see Europe, Texas, Hawaii. I am excited to see the world.” Deng said.
I don’t blame you, Deng, travelling the world is an absolute dream!
“With this money, I will be capable of helping my children out more, whatever they want I will be able to buy it for them, a car and new clothes!” she said, adding “not like before when I was unable to help them out as much. How adorable?
But hey, the woman won the lottery, so it is only fair she treats herself, isn’t it?
She will! Deng Pravatoudom added that she would also be buying herself some diamonds.
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