Michael and Liz Kennedy pose with their $10 million cheque awarded Thursday. ((CBC))

A $6 lottery ticket picked up at a northeast convenience store turned into a $10 million payoff for a young Edmonton couple coping with a job loss.

"Everybody dreams of about winning that amount of money, but when it happens, it's totally unreal," Liz Kennedy said Thursday at a news conference.

She and her husband, Michael, learned they won the Aug. 27 Lotto Max jackpot after she checked the ticket Monday morning.

The money likely comes as a welcome relief to the couple. Michael Kennedy lost his job and has been unable to find work in the city. His wife had been trying to help make ends meet by hosting Tupperware parties.

The couple plan to take a trip with their two children but have no plans beyond that.

"Got to clear the head before you can fill it up with ideas," Michael Kennedy said.

The Kennedys' win marks the second Lotto Max jackpot awarded in Alberta since the game started in Sept. 2009.  The winning ticket was purchased at the 7-Eleven store located at 341 Kirkness Road.