$6.9M lotto winner's dreams come true, literally

Maria Digel won Lotto 6/49's June 4 jackpot, collecting nearly $7 million. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

Maria Digel won Lotto 6/49's June 4 jackpot, collecting nearly $7 million. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

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, Last Updated: 1:57 PM ET

WINNIPEG — Sometimes dreams come true. And sometimes they don't come big enough.

"You, know, I had a dream the night before I won,” said Maria Digel, of Winnipeg, Canada's latest lotto millionaire. “I dreamed I won a million dollars and split it up among my family.”

Actually, she won $6.9 million.

“I would never even dream that I won this much! I always thought, 'Wouldn't it be nice to

win $100,000, wouldn't that be wonderful?'”

Digel picked up her winnings Friday.

Digel has been playing the same numbers for 30 years. They represent the ages of her family when they immigrated to Canada decades ago, as well as the date they arrived in the country.

True to her dream, Digel said she intends to divide her winnings amongst members of her family.

"I'll keep some for emergencies," she said. "I live a simple life. I don't need a fancy apartment. I am happy."


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