It was Christmas Eve and Jordan Risi and his fiancée Sasha were doing some last-minute running around.
Risi remembered the Dec. 24 Lotto 6/49 draw included an extra of five $1 million guaranteed prizes, so he added a trip to his local gas station to his list of errands so he could buy a ticket.
With the bustle of the season, he hadn’t given the ticket much thought until a couple of days later. That’s when the Surrey couple made a stop to check the ticket. Risi’s heart rate rose a little, but he remained calm, and he and Sasha proceeded to a second gas station to re-check the ticket and confirm they’d won $1 million.
“We had one day this weekend to ourselves, so we could let the win sink in,” said Risi. “It was a good time to contemplate what the money will go towards.”
They plan to use some of the money for their Hawaii wedding in the new year and pay off their mortgage.