CALGARY RESIDENT WINS $4.7 MILLION WITH FREE LOTTO 6/49 TICKET
John Ghitan has a very good reason for the big smile on his face. The Calgary resident is celebrating a big lottery win. Ghitan won $4,762,198.20 on the July 29 LOTTO 6/49 draw.
The long-time LOTTO 6/49 player won his millions on a free play ticket he’d won on a previous draw. He received the winning ticket from Bowmart Food Store, located at 8607 18 Street NW. The ticket’s quick pick selection exactly matched the July 29 winning numbers: 12, 15, 17, 31, 47 and 49.
He shared the $9.3 million jackpot with one other ticket, sold in Ontario.
Ghitan discovered his win the day after the draw, when he checked the winning numbers online at wclc.com. He couldn’t believe his eyes at first.
“I underlined the numbers as I checked them, but I still thought I was looking at the wrong numbers,” he said. “I thought, ‘That can’t be right! Am I looking at the right game? Do I have the wrong date?’”
“I still can’t believe it’s real!” he added.
The happy winner said he’s now retired, thanks to the windfall. He plans to kick off this new phase of his life by taking a trip to France with friends.
“The future’s looking bright!” he said.