A Lindsay couple has claimed a lottery prize worth more than $21.5 million.
Gary and Karry Stata, who have been married for 45 years, won the top prize of $21,593,703.80 in the Feb. 26 LOTTO 6/49 draw.
The couple has played the lottery for decades, a media release notes.
“We only play LOTTO 6/49. This is our first big win,” Gary said while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up their winnings.
“I was watching the news and saw that someone in our community had a winning ticket. I was at home when I compared our numbers to the winning numbers on OLG.ca and noticed they matched. I can’t even tell you how many times we looked at this ticket and thought something must be wrong.”
“We called our daughter right away. She could tell by my voice something was up,” Karry added.
“She was just as shocked as we were.”
Karry said she was so overwhelmed her head ached.
“It’s still hard to imagine this is where we are,” Gary said.
“We’re just regular Kraft Dinner and fried bologna people,” Karry added with a laugh.
The winning ticket was purchased at Tom’s Variety on Kent Street in Lindsay.