|Lotto Max winners Darrell and Laurie Szczerba of Calgary won $30 million in Calgary, Alberta, on February 22, 2013. Mike Drew/QMI AGENCY
CALGARY - The city’s newest millionaires spent $21 and gained $30 million, shattering the record for the largest lottery win in Calgary.
The life-changing event hasn’t sunk in yet, but Darrell and Laurie Szczerba, a carpenter and a legal assistant, are now making plans to fulfill a lifelong dream of traveling the world, moving to a bigger digs and buying a new truck
“It was crazy, I just didn’t believe it,” said Darrell after he realized he won the jackpot drawn on Feb 15.
Darrell won the Lotto Max with quick pick numbers: 14,23,24,25,28,41,45.
While waiting for a tattoo appointment last Saturday, he ran over to a nearby gas station’s convenience store to get a drink and check his lottery tickets.
The first ticket he scanned won $20, but when he checked the other one it was the jackpot.
He said he kept counting the zeroes on his winning ticket and he couldn’t believe how many they were.
“I thought, ‘Is that $30 million and a free play?”
“My first thought was I’ve got to drive home,” said Darrell, who cancelled his tattoo session.
“I couldn’t sit there with a winning ticket in my pocket.”
He tried to call his wife, but Laurie’s phone was turned off while she was getting her nails done.
Laurie learned about the win when she got home after doing some shopping.
“When I walked in he told me that he had won $30 million and that we could finally move if we wanted and get a bigger house,” she said
“I dropped the bags in my hand and they didn’t get picked up until the next day.
“The way he said it, I knew it was true, but no one else believed it.”
Darrell said he told his two sons, who at first didn’t believe him.
The couple quit their jobs last Tuesday as they get into the whirlwind experience of becoming millionaires.
The couple plans on going away for quite a bit as they make plans how to manage their wealth.
Michelle Hynes-Dawson, a spokeswoman for the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, said it’s great the latest winners are from Calgary.
“Hopefully this is a sign of things to come and there will be lots more of big winners here in Calgary,” she said.
The winning ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven at 16311 6 St. S.W.
The second largest jackpot prize in Calgary won $12.5 million Super 7 Jackpot in April 2005.
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