Edmonton woman claims $20M lotto win
Joanne Tsetta said everytime she forgot, she told herself she could just check later.
"I thought, 'Oh, you know, I probably didn't win anyways,' " she told a news conference Thursday afternoon in St. Albert.
Tsetta bought the ticket at a kiosk located in the Albert's Family Restaurant at 50th Street and 98th Avenue in east Edmonton but didn't check her numbers at the Goldbar Esso until last Friday.
"That lady says, 'You won $20 million.' I said, 'Oh, OK,' " Tsetta said, laughing.
Tsetta said she stood there for a few minutes and then headed home, only letting a close friend in on her secret for several days. Eventually she told her children and other family members.
Word of the lottery win by an unknown woman at the gas station was reported in the media, but Tsetta's name wasn't revealed until Thursday.
Tsetta was one of two winners of the $41-million jackpot in the March 20 draw. A woman from London, Ont., claimed the other half of the prize. Tsetta's jackpot is the largest prize share ever claimed by one person in Alberta history.
Tsetta is currently attending school to earn her Grade 12 diploma. She intends to use her winnings to pay bills, buy a new vehicle and pay for her children's education.