Man discovers $70,000 lotto win was actually $7.2M 0
Deidre and Michael Tkachyk won $7.2 million playing Lotto 6/49. (Photo courtesy WCLC)
CALGARY — After finding a winner while checking his lottery tickets at a Cochrane, Alta., convenience store last week, Michael Tkachyk drove home wondering what he and wife Deidre would do with $70,000.
Turns out, he was a little off, however.
“I checked it at the ticket checker, but I didn’t really know how much we’d won — there are no commas in the display,” he said.
Michael double-checked the ticket online when he got home, and to his surprise, it wasn’t $70,000 they’d won in the March 5 draw, but $7.2 million.
“It looked so good, I’ve never seen anything like that before,” he said.
Deidre wasn’t home, so Michael sent her a text.
“I said it was important,” he said.
“Then I texted again and said it was urgent.
“Then I said it was really urgent.”
When Deidre finally called home, Michael shared the exciting news.
“It was pretty amazing,” she said.
“It felt surreal, it still does.
“You can’t even imagine how it feels until it actually happens.”
The Tkachyks haven’t made plans for the windfall, but they both say they’ll continue working.