Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Edmonton Couple Finally Claims $50 Million Lottery Prize

EDMONTON - An Edmonton couple has finally come forward and claimed their Christmas present after more than six months: a $50-million cheque.

Andrea and Bill Groner found out they had won the Dec. 20, 2013, Lotto Max just two days later, but decided to process the news and keep it to themselves until this week.

Andrea Groner, 47, checked her ticket at Londonderry Mall on Dec. 22, but had to ask the clerk to read the numbers to her because she didn’t have her glasses. The Shefield Express employee was much more excited than she was.

“I was in disbelief,” she said.

Her plans for the rest of the day were thwarted as she went home to tell her husband the news.

Bill Groner, 54, recently retired from his job as a heavy equipment operator, and his wife plans to retire from EECOL Electric this December.

“We’ve been working all our lives,” Andrea said, holding hands with her husband at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

The couple chose to go about their normal lives until they decided what they were going to do.

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