Prince Albert winner brings home $100,010 EXTRA win
Roy Olexyn thought he’d won $10 on his LOTTO 6/49 ticket for the Dec. 5 draw.
In reality, he was taking home a little more than that.
The EXTRA on Olexyn’s ticket matched the last six digits of the winning number (1843391) and netted him an additional $100,000 windfall.
Olexyn picked up his winning ticket a couple of days before the draw at the Lake Country Co-op C-Store at 228 16th St. West in Prince Albert. After the draw, he checked his ticket against the winning numbers on the Sask Lotteries website and knew that he’d won $10. However, he didn’t realize he’d won big on the EXTRA until using a ticket checker in store.
“There were too many zeroes,” recalled Olexyn. “I thought [the ticket checker] was broken!”
He asked for assistance from one of the store’s employees and she confirmed for him that he was about to be $100,010 richer.
“I thought it was just beautiful!” laughed Olexyn.
His wife had a more muted reaction. When he called her over and told her about the win, she said she “wasn’t in the mood for joking around” and wanted to get their shopping done as quickly as possible. She realized Olexyn wasn’t making a joke when he passed the ticket to the cashier to have it officially verified on the store’s lottery terminal.
Olexyn says he plans to use the money to do some remodeling of his house and will be earmarking some of the windfall for his grandkids.
Sask Lotteries is the main fundraiser for more than 12,000 sport, culture and recreation groups in communities across Saskatchewan.