No one was more surprised than lottery clerk Anne Morrison when the winners of $12 million came in to verify their big win. As the, “Claim $12 Million!” flashed across the lotto screen at Save on Foods in College Heights Monday, several employees came over to congratulate the lucky Prince George couple, she said.
“They already knew they had won $12 million from checking it in the paper. But Morrison said, it was still a thrill for the newlyweds who married last month, to see the win verified on the lotto screen.
“I know them. They just got married. So when the wife came up to the counter, she put her arm around me and I asked her if she wanted me to check some tickets. She said yes’ she wanted me to verify it and be very quiet about it because it was a big one. People are always telling me that, so I just laughed. Then when it flashed across the screen, Claim $12 million. I looked at her and said, Oh, my God! You’re the $12 million people.
“We [employees] were so surprised because we’d heard the big winning ticket was bought at the [Treasure Cove] casino. Then she told me she’d bought it from me.”
Morrison said that’s the first time she’s ever seen a win of this size. The couple whose identify at press time was unknown (lottery officials had not returned phone calls) generally chose quick picks where the numbers and chosen at random.