Dreams Do Come True: Filipina Immigrant in Canada Wins $39.5M Lotto Jackpot Prize

A Filipina mother of three based out of Surrey, B.C. has won the $39.5-million Lotto Max jackpot in a raffle draw held on Friday, December 28, 2018.

Michelle De Roma, a mother of three, was on a Boxing Day shopping trip at the Tsawwassen Mills outlet mall on Dec. 26 when she purchased the winning ticket.

She then found out she had the single winning ticket matching all seven numbers in the Dec. 28 draw, and told her husband of the great fortune she won.

But the couple did not come forward to claim the prize immediately — she put the ticket in an envelope in a safe place and waited a week. She wanted to use the money to build a good life for them, and also travel to Rome to see St. Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum.

De Roma plays the lottery about every week and the winning Lotto Max numbers were randomly generated through a quick pick.

“This will change our life,” she said Friday at a news conference.

The odds of winning a Lotto Max jackpot are one in 28,633,528 per play, the B.C. Lottery Corp. says.

De Roma said she considers the win an “amazing blessing,” and had hoped for a miracle whenever she bought lottery tickets.

She plans to continue playing the lottery.