Vicki Barrett was having a calm conversation with her husband when all of a sudden, pandemonium ensued. The Bonnyville local discovered she had won $17 million dollars on her September 12 LOTTO MAX ticket.
“We were talking on the phone and I thought: ‘Oh, I’ll just quickly check my ticket,’” she explained. “Well, I started freaking out and he didn’t know what was happening so he started freaking out.”
“It was a crazy and immediate rush of adrenaline,” she continued. “I couldn’t believe it!”
When asked about the first words she uttered after learning she had won, Barrett hesitated: “I don’t think I should put that many curse words out into the world again, happy as they were,” she laughed.
Barrett said she hasn’t made any specific plans for her windfall, but she knows one thing for sure: it’s a family affair.
“My husband and I, we’ve always said if we ever win the lottery, we will take care of our family,” she explained. “We’ll make sure everyone has what they need… and then some.”
“It’s completelly life-changing to win this much money,” she continued. “We have to make sure we do good things and do it right.”
Barrett bought her $21 ticket from the Conklin Corner at 104 Northland Drive in Conklin, AB.