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Erich Schmidt hold an oversized cheque of his winning.
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t was an extra special Valentine’s Day for Erich Schmidt and his wife after purchasing a winning Set for Life Scratch & Win lottery ticket at Willowbrook Mall. They will now receive $1,000 a week for the next 25 years.
“It was simply timing,” says Schmidt. “I was going to have lunch in the food court at the mall but decided to buy my lottery tickets first. If I had lunch first, the outcome may have been different.”
Schmidt brought his unscratched tickets home and it was when he dozed off in bed that his wife decided to scratch the winning Set for Life ticket.
“She shook me and I woke up,” recalls Schmidt. “She said, ‘I think we won, I think we won!’ We installed the Lotto! app on our phone right away and checked the ticket. I couldn’t go back to sleep. I think an extra special Valentine’s Day present is in store for her.”
To make the day even more special, Schmidt collected his winnings on his daughter’s birthday.
“It will be an extra special celebration,” said Schmidt. “It’s something you never imagine. You think how lucky you can be to have something like this. It couldn’t have been a more perfect time in our lives. We live in an apartment, so now maybe we can get into a house.”
“It’s life changing. Getting the extended family together and going to a place like Africa isn’t just a dream anymore. It’s definitely on the bucket list,” he added.
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