$8.1 million lotto winner thought she'd won $8,000

Kim Kelly won $8.1 million on the December 28th Lotto 6/49 draw. (LOTTO 6/49/QMI Agency)

Kim Kelly won $8.1 million on the December 28th Lotto 6/49 draw. (LOTTO 6/49/QMI Agency)

Renato Gandia, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:27 PM ET

CALGARY -- Calgary's last lotto millionaire of 2013 thought she won $8,000.

Now knowing she won $8.1 million, Kim Kelly says "being able to help my family is a dream come true."

Kelly, of Calgary, split the Dec. 28 $16.3 million jackpot with a man from Winnipeg.

When Kelly first scanned her ticket at a self-checker, she saw some digits pop up on the display.

"I checked it, and I thought there was an error," she said laughing.

She checked again and thought she had won about $8,000.

"I was quite happy about that."

At the time, she had an appointment and told her son about the win so he could look online.