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Alberta siblings share in $1M lottery windfall

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Siblings from northern Alberta say they thought someone was playing a prank on them when they found out they won $1 million earlier this month.

“I thought it was April Fool’s – but it wasn’t April!” David Holst said.

David and his sister, Betty Holst, are splitting a $1-million jackpot after their LOTTO 6/49 ticket won the winning Guaranteed Prize Draw number for the Nov. 4 draw.

“We’ve never won before. We don’t know what we’ll do with it,” David said.

The pair is from Boyle, Alta., but purchased the ticket at a Petro Canada in Athabasca. The siblings picked up the ticket the morning of the draw. Betty was the one who first learned of their win the following day, when she scanned the ticket on the Lotto Spot! app.

“I thought somebody was playing a joke,” Betty said when she learned of the windfall.

Both David and Betty scanned the ticket on their own phones, just to be safe. They also called the number on the ticket to ensure their win was in fact real.

“We were kind of in denial,” David said. “I didn’t tell a soul and just went to work like any other day.”

The pair is still trying to figure out what to do with the money. Betty said she’s going to save some it and eventually travel, once it’s safe to do so. The pair may also split the cost of a retirement property “somewhere warm” once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

Boyle is located about 140 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

David and Betty Holst are splitting a $1-million jackpot after their LOTTO 6/49 ticket won the winning Guaranteed Prize Draw number for the Nov. 4 draw.

Lotteries

Prize Payout Offices 2020 Holiday Hours

For St. Albert and Calgary Prize Payout offices

AGLC Prize Payout Offices open to the public by appointment only

AGLC Prize Payout Offices are processing claims for players with the following requirements:

  • For the safety of staff and players, all in-person claims are by appointment only. Walk-in claims will not be accepted.
  • In-person appointments are available Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Prizes between $1,001 and $9,999.99 can be claimed in both Calgary and St. Albert. Prizes of $10,000 and up can only be claimed in St. Albert.
  • Winners can still claim prizes under $1,000 at retail. We recommend that claimants check with the retailer first to be sure they are able to pay out the prize.
  • Both locations are implementing the health measures outlined by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, including physical distancing and disinfecting all appropriate surfaces between appointments.
  • AGLC staff are pleased to assist players and will be available by email and phone to answer questions or concerns.
  • Safety protocols, as advised by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, have been implemented to ensure the safety of players and staff.

To book an appointment please call:

  • St. Albert Prize Payout Office – 780-447-8616
  • Calgary Prize Payout Office – 403-663-8301
  • Email: [email protected]

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for the re-opening of the AGLC Prize Payout Offices.

How to claim a lottery prize

Congratulations! You’ve won a prize. Now what?

Take a look at the information below to get you started. Your prize amount determines what you do.

Up to $100

Prizes may be claimed:

  • Through a Lottery Ticket Retailer

$101 to $1,000

Prizes may be claimed:

Through a Lottery Ticket Retailer: Ask the retailer if they have enough cash to pay your prize. Lottery retailers are not obligated to pay prizes over $100. If a ticket wins $100.01 or more, the retailer can cancel the validation and direct you to claim your prize at another retailer or from an Alberta Prize Payout office.

By mail, through WCLC:

Western Canada Lottery Corporation
Prize Payout
10th Floor, 125 Garry Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4J1

  • In person, through Alberta Prize Payout Offices:

Phone: 780-447-8616
Toll Free: 1-800-272-8876 ask for extension 8616
Office hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday (except holidays)

Calgary Prize Payout Office
Deerfoot Atrium South
310, 6715 – 8 Street NE
Calgary, AB T2E 7H7

Phone: 403-663-8301
Office hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday (except holidays)

$1,001 to $9,999.99

Prizes may be claimed:

    By mail, through WCLC:

Western Canada Lottery Corporation
Prize Payout
10th Floor, 125 Garry Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4J1

  • In person, through Alberta Prize Payout Offices:
  • Phone: 780-447-8616
    Toll Free: 1-800-272-8876 ask for extension 8616
    Office hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Monday – Friday (except holidays)

    Calgary Prize Payout Office
    Deerfoot Atrium South
    310, 6715 – 8 Street NE
    Calgary, AB T2E 7H7

    Phone: 403-663-8301
    Office hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Monday – Friday (except holidays)

    $10,000 and up

    Anything over $10,000 is considered a major claim. You must claim in person.

    All major claims require an appointment in advance. Please call 1-800-272-8876 and ask for extension 8616.

    How to check your ticket

    There are several ways to check your ticket.

    • Use the Ticket Checkers at your lottery retailer.
    • Sign up for the WCLC MVP Service and have DAILY GRAND, LOTTO MAX, WESTERN MAX, LOTTO 6/49 and WESTERN 649 winning numbers emailed to you.
    • Download the free WCLC Lottery Manager app and use the ticket checker feature.
    • Check the winning numbers printed and posted at retail centres.
    • Call the Winning Numbers Lines for the most recent numbers:
      • Edmonton 780-459-5100
      • Calgary 403-275-8101
    Learn about checking lottery tickets, how to claim your prize and Prize Payout locations. ]]>