The couple, who rarely play the lottery, purchased a Lotto 6/49 ticket that won them a Free Play. It was that Free Play that won the Srans the $18,799,377.90 jackpot from the March 22 draw.
They had wide smiles as they recalled the exact moment of the win while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to claim their prize. Jaspreet had an unexplainable sensation that they were going to win something when she accompanied Gurbhej to check the ticket.
“I had a feeling we should go to the store and check our ticket,” said Jaspreet. “The self-checker said ‘Big Winner, see retailer,’ so we thought maybe we’d won $10,000. We were so surprised to find out it was much, much more!”
The couple migrated to Canada from the state of Punjab, India three and a half years ago.
Gurbhej works as a truck driver while Jaspreet is studying to become an accountant.
Cradling their one-week old baby, the sleep-starved new parents said they haven’t had much time to plot out all their future plans, but they have some priorities. They want to bring their parents to Canada to share in their joy and to help with the baby. With Jaspreet’s background in finance, investing is very important in order to secure the baby’s future. Buying a new home is also on their wish list. Gurbhej plans to buy his dream truck and continue working. They are both keen to help those less fortunate in Canada and in India as well.