Alberta woman dreams of 'midlife crisis truck' after winning $1-million lottery

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An Alberta woman has dreams of adventures with her family, and maybe a spurlge purchase or two, after winning $1-million on a Western Max lottery ticket last month.

Bobbi Jo Nerubenko purchased the winning ticket May 7 from the Cree Convenience at Samson Mall in Maskwacis, roughly 96 kilometres south of Edmonton.

Nerubenko remembers going along with her mother to buy lottery tickets each week and says she has continued the tradition since her mother passed away.

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“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” Nerubenko said, in a Friday news release from Western Canada Lottery Corporation, adding she immediately thought of her late mother after the ticket was revealed to be a winner.

“I checked it again on the Lotto Spot app and then ran out of the store hysterical. I was in my truck screaming with excitement.”

It didn’t take long for Nerubenko to start detailing her plans for how to spend the money to her son and husband.

“I want to get my ‘midlife crisis truck’,” she said. “And maybe a new camper for my son and I to go powwowing.

“We’ve done it with tents in the pouring rain and it would be nice to have our own space to get ready.”

Nerubenko said she and her family had always lived a humble lifestyle. She’s now excited to see more of the world and go on more adventures with her family.

“I would love to do more spontaneous things and travel a bit with my husband, too.”

Nerubenko won by matching one of the 14 additional draws— the winning numbers were 9, 11, 12, 13, 21, 37, 49.

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