Ontario woman shocked into silence after winning $60-million Lotto Max jackpot

An Ontario woman says she was shocked into silence upon learning she had won $60-million in a Lotto Max jackpot – she didn’t speak for 30 minutes, trying to figure out how to share the news with her family.

When she finally found the words, she couldn’t stop screaming and crying, she said.

In a release issued Friday, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation announced that Richmond Hill resident Camellia Kazemi Talachi, who works in sales, was the lucky winner of the Nov. 29 Lotto Max jackpot.

For almost two months, the prize has gone unclaimed. Talachi says she didn’t check her ticket until Jan. 13.

“I had my normal life until Friday night,” Talachi said in the OLG announcement.

She says that her mother was at home waiting for her to return when she found out about the jackpot win.

“I drove back home [..] for 30 minutes,” she recounted. “I was quiet. I was not talking, I was listening and concentrating on how I could tell my family that I have $60-million.”

When she got home, she said a quick prayer and broke the news to her family.

“I think I was on my tippy toes just shouting, like screaming, ‘I am the big winner in Richmond Hill,” she said. “My family was happy. They were all cheering and hugging each other.”

Talachi says she wants to travel the world with her winnings while sharing some with her family and also creating jobs as an entrepreneur.

“I cannot describe how I feel, but it’s one of those experiences that I think I could have never imagined before,” she said.

“My whole life journey passes in front of my eyes.”

Camellia Talachi is $60-million dollars richer after winning a November Lotto Max draw. (OLG)

Tuesday’s Lotto Max winning ticket is also worth $60 million dollars – and was also sold in Richmond Hill. The person who purchased that ticket has not yet claimed their prize.

OLG spokesperson Tony Bitonti says it’s rare for two tickets of such high value to be sold in the same community.

“I live in a world of odds and chance and anything can happen, and sometimes it does,” Bitonti told CTV News Toronto Wednesday. 

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