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A Toronto woman has won a $60-million Lotto Max jackpot based on numbers she said were dreamed up by her husband almost 20 years ago.

OLG said 57-year-old Deng Pravatoudom is also the first-ever participant in its “virtual winner celebration” due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In the video clip, Pravatoudom could be seen receiving her big cheque virtually wearing a mask with confetti falling all around her. Pravatoudom has been playing the same numbers for 20 years, all based off her husband’s dream.

“I was ecstatically happy, I was crying at the same time. I cried so much,” she said.

“I left my temple after prayers, went to a nearby mall for some errands and to check my LOTTO MAX ticket. I won a Free Play ticket and added ENCORE. I couldn’t believe a few days later that free ticket would be worth $60 million,” she continued.

OLG said Deng Pravatoudom is also the first-ever participant in its "virtual winner celebration" due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

LOTTO MAX $60-million winner always plays same numbers

Lottery winner Deng Pravatoudom (Courtesy of OLG)

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    Dreams do come true. Even if it’s 20 years later.

    Deng Pravatoudom, of Toronto, claimed her husband dreamed about some lottery numbers 20 years ago and she’s been playing them ever since, finally winning a $60-million Lotto Max jackpot on Dec. 1 with a free-play ticket.

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    Appropriately, it was Deng’s 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!”

    Ontario’s newest multi-millionaire is a 57-year-old mother of two adult children and two grandchildren who came to Canada with her 14 siblings from Laos in 1980.

    “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.”

    Deng and her husband plan to move out of their apartment and buy a new house, pay some bills, help family members, and when the coast is clear, travel the world.

    “Except for when I came to Canada from Laos, I have never really travelled, so I want to see Europe, Texas, Hawaii,” Deng said. “I am excited to see the world.”

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    Dreams do come true. Even if it’s 20 years later.