A Filipino working as a janitor in Canada has become an instant millionaire after winning the jackpot prize of 7 million Canadian dollars (P272 million) in the Lotto 6/49 draw last April 27.
The lucky Filipino was Vito Halasan, a resident of Surrey, according to a press release from the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC).
He got all the six numbers right during the draw just days after he celebrated his 58th birthday.
"I remember scanning my ticket and seeing all these numbers. I have really blurry vision so I had to hold the ticket right up to my face. I couldn’t believe it," the company statement quoted Halasan as saying.
When he won, he immediately told his daughter.
"He sat me down at the table and then he whispered really quietly to me that he won $7 million dollars. I didn’t believe him. We had to check online several times," his daughter said.
Halasan has three children and four grandchildren. He hopes to provide his family a better future since moving to Canada from the Philippines 10 years ago.
"I buy lottery tickets so I can dream. I dream of being able to take care of my kids and make their future better. Now we’ll be able to buy a nice house for my children and grandchildren," he said.
Halasan was quoted as saying that he won’t quit his job as janitor but planned to reduce his work hours.
Lotto 6/49 in Canada is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Each draw includes a guaranteed prize draw of $1 million.