Retired pharmacist walks out of bathroom CA $16.4 million richer

For many people, a dream is merely a dream but for some, that dream becomes a reality. Winning the Canadian lottery will definitely put you on the fast lane to living comfortably for the rest of your life.

What would you do if you were to win the Canadian lottery? Would you splurge your windfall on an expensive fleet of luxury cars, invest it or take your exotic dream holiday?

Retired pharmacist walks out of bathroom CA $16.4 million richer

Over the years, there have been many interesting, weird, and sometimes outrageous ways in which winners discovered they had won the lottery. However, have you ever spared a thought of where you would be or what you would be doing when you discover that you’ve won the lottery?

63-year old retired pharmacist Tibor Tusnady had no idea that he would walk out of his bathroom an instant millionaire. Yes came out of the bathroom CA $16.4 million (approximately US $12.8 million) richer after winning the Canadian lottery.

Retired pharmacist walks out of bathroom CA $16.4 million richer - Tibor Tusnady

“It’s a little embarrassing, but that’s where I actually matched and Googled the numbers,” Tusnady said.

The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) held its first-ever virtual celebration for the Canadian lottery winner, streamed live on Facebook, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tusnady attended the event, along with the BCLC interim president and CEO Greg Moore where strict social distancing measures were implemented.

While reminiscing and narrating the moment that his life changed, Tusnady was presented with his winning cheque hanging from a hockey stick. He described the moment he realised he had won the Canadian lottery as “surreal”, adding that it took him a while to get over the shock.

“It’s really exciting and something that you never dream of,” the White Rock, British Columbia resident said. “It was a shock. It took me a while to get over it.”

Tusnady revealed that he had to double-check his lucky number at least five (5) times as he was in so much shock he had won the Canadian lottery. He matched all six (6) winning numbers with a ticket he had bought at a Surrey gas station in British Columbia.

The winning numbers for the April 15 Canadian lottery draw were 01, 03, 07, 13, 22 and 47.

In a state of disbelief, he went back to watching TV and even went to bed without telling his wife that he had won. He eventually shared the news with her 16 hours later, and they checked the winning Canadian lottery winning numbers another five (5) times.

“Actually, she didn't know I was playing the lottery, that was a secret, so I had to confess to her,” the Canadian lottery winner expressed.

Tusnady celebrated his Canadian lottery jackpot win with a bottle of champagne, and he finally let his family and friends in on the secret.

“That was it. Then we told friends and relatives. They were all very happy, but no one believed it at first. Everyone thinks it’s a joke,” he revealed.

Plans for his windfall

The Canadian lottery winner said that he has already warned his bank he’ll be coming with his big lottery cheque.

As for his plan for his windfall, Tusnady said he plans to visit Argentina and Uruguay. However, he added that his travel plans would depend on what public health officials allow surrounding international travel.

“When we travel next time, it’s always first class. Obviously, we will stay at home for the time being. We are ready to make plans, and we have to help our relatives, and that’s very important, and we can start doing that very soon,” he said.

Tusnady was a pharmacist for 38 years before retiring after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018 and has since recovered. The latest Canadian lottery winner started playing the lottery 15 years ago and stopped playing for a few years.

Now that he has scooped the life-changing Canadian lottery jackpot, he revealed that he would be taking another break from playing.

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Purchasing physical lottery tickets means you only play that particular local lottery, and you miss out on playing different lottery games from all over the world. International lottery games offer massive life-changing jackpots, which you could win.

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A majority of lotteries publish their draw results online. However, when you play your favourite lottery game with Lotto247, we will email the results immediately after each draw.

Your lottery tickets are registered in your name and stored online, meaning there is no chance someone will steal what is rightfully yours. Your lucky numbers will be automatically checked against the drawn numbers. Should you have matched any of the winning numbers, your winnings will be deposited directly into your account.

When checking the lottery results online, where in your house do you check them? Let us know in the comments below.

This post was written by
Leslie Eric Nunu - who has written 19 articles