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Edmonton landscaper waits 10 months to reveal 'big win': $60M lotto jackpot

Every week for more than 30 years, Bon Truong played the same lottery numbers. And for 305 days, the Edmonton landscaper sat on a $60-million secret.

Bon Truong played the same numbers every week for more than 3 decades

Big winner Bon Truong, centre, hangs on to a huge cheque Wednesday at a news conference in Saturday. He's flanked by Alain Maisonneuve, CEO of Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis, left, and AGLC chair Len Rhodes, right. (Craig Ryan/CBC)

Every week for more than 30 years, Bon Truong played the same lottery numbers. And for 305 days, the Edmonton landscaper sat on a $60-million secret.

Truong, who came to Canada from Vietnam in the 1970s, came forward on Wednesday as the sole winner of the Oct. 26, 2018, Lotto Max draw.

At a celebration Wednesday at the St. Albert head office of Alberta Gaming Liquor and Cannabis, he claimed his prize: a giant cheque for $60 million. Officials with AGLC were on hand to congratulate him.

Actually, the cheque was for $60,000,002, because Truong also won a cool $2 on the same night's Extra draw.

Truong, who bought his ticket at the Pure Casino Yellowhead in Edmonton, describes his nervousness when he learned how he had won "the big one" the day after the draw.

"On my phone, I saw my number coming on. After that I keep quiet, a couple of minutes. My body calm down. I check again. I have the big win," Truong said, a huge smile on his face.

Over the coming months — 10, to be exact — he did "a lot of thinking," Truong told the news conference. He told his wife right away that he had won the lottery, but left out the detail that it was the big jackpot. 

Truong was all smiles on Wednesday in St. Albert, Alta., when the Edmonton man was announced as the winner of a $60-million jackpot from an October 2018 Lotto Max draw. (Craig Ryan/CBC)

Truong has three children and said they also haven't been told that daddy is a multimillionaire.

Laughing, Truong said he is not in a hurry to give them the news.

"I don't want to let them know yet," he said, drawing laughs from reporters.

"I don't want to tell them nothing ... Right now, I keep quiet."

Truong plans to pay off his mortgage and take his family on a holiday.

"I'm not sure where just yet," he said in a news release. "I think we'll try to go everywhere."

The winning ticket for the big draw had winning numbers were 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 20 and 30. The bonus number was 45.

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