Calgarian wins $1 million on lotto stocking stuffer

Bui Phan is Calgary's newest millionaire after winning $1 million on the Dec. 25, 2013 Lotto 6/49....

Bui Phan is Calgary's newest millionaire after winning $1 million on the Dec. 25, 2013 Lotto 6/49. (Supplied Photo)

Bill Kaufmann, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:25 AM ET

CALGARY -- It was a Calgarian’s $1 million Christmas present that could have been lost as a stocking stuffer.

Bui Phan’s husband purchased a Lotto 6/49 ticket for her as a Yuletide gift — a ducat whose number was drawn last Dec. 25.

That night, the couple checked online to discover their number — 35790612-01 — matched the $1 million guaranteed prize digits — and that their real Christmas gift opening had waited until dark, said Western Canada Lottery Corp. spokeswoman Andrea Marantz.

“It’s a pretty nice present,” she said.

Bui agreed it made for a Christmas to remember.

“I was so excited,” she said.

The woman said she’ll use the winnings to pay off her mortgage and other bills.