Hamilton, Ont. mother wins $60M from April Lotto Max draw

A 58-year-old mother from Hamilton said she was “stunned” when given life-changing news in the form of a $60-million payout from an April lottery win.

Lotto Max winner Leah Murdoch-Gerics picked up her rather large cheque on Thursday at the Woodbine Trackside Clubhouse in Toronto and says her husband has a new job.

“In fact, my husband was planning to retire but now he has accepted a new and unexpected position as ‘family money manager,’” Murdoch-Gerics said at a cheque ceremony.

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“My husband and I realized the responsibility of this win immediately. It’s a huge blessing. We are very aware that we have to use this money wisely.”

Her families windfall comes from playing the April 19 Lotto Max draw online.

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Ontario’s newest multi-millionaire, Leah Murdoch-Gerics from Hamilton. OLG

She’s now the largest winner in that specific game that has purchased a winning ticket online.

The revelation came via an email from OLG the morning after the draw which the married mother didn’t open the first time she, since she was busy.

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“When I see OLG emails in my inbox, they normally say I won a free play ticket, but this specific email looked different,” remarked Murdoch-Gerics.

“I didn’t know what to do next. I couldn’t really fathom this was happening to me.”

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The occasional lottery player says the most immediate plans for some of the money will be a family trip, but the destination has yet to be determined.

“I don’t see any major changes in the immediate future because who knows where we will be a year from now,” said Leah.

“This is just an emotional journey that starts with disbelief and builds into excitement. I feel so humbled and honoured to be in this place at this moment.”

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