Deng Pravatoudom, 57, bought the winning ticket in December (Picture: Ontario Lottery and Gaming)
A woman has won a $60 million lottery jackpot by using numbers her husband dreamed about 20 years ago.
Grandmother, Deng Pravatoudom, 57, was laid off during the pandemic but is now celebrating becoming a multi-millionaire after scooping the life-changing cash prize in December – all thanks to her husband’s wildest dream.
Deng, from Toronto, Canada, says that dream about winning the lottery has become a reality after the couple were handed their winnings, a cheque worth $60 million, last week by Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG).
Deng said: ‘I was ecstatically happy, I was crying at the same time. I couldn’t believe it at first.
‘I am going to buy a house, then if it’s allowed after Covid, I’m going to travel the world.
‘My husband had a dream about some lottery numbers 20 years ago.’
Deng, who emigrated from Laos to Canada with her 14 siblings in 1980, said she realized she has won the lottery after nipping to the bank to pay some bills while her husband checked the tickets.
When she returned, he told her they had won $60 million.
‘I went to the bank to pay some bills and my husband went to check the tickets’, she said.
‘ When we got into the car, he told me we won the $60 million jackpot. He was serious, not joking, so I knew he was telling the truth. I started to cry.
‘I have always prayed for a blessing that my family would be taken care of.’
Deng played the lottery religiously over the last 20 years, using the same numbers that from a dream her husband imagined they had won the lottery.
She said her family came from ‘nothing’ and that she and her husband have worked hard to support their family for many years.
Deng added: ‘My family was sponsored by a local church and because we had nothing, I am thankful for the great support they provided us over the years.
‘My husband and I have worked long hours as general laborers for over 40 years, trying to save what we could for our family.
‘Due to the pandemic I was laid off last spring, so this money will certainly help make our lives much easier.’
Deng said she and her husband plan on spending some of the money straight away by moving out of their apartment and buying and new house. She said they will also pay off some bills, help immediate and extended family and when it is safe to do so, travel the globe.
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