$60M Lotto Max winner is Michelle Throassie, from Black Lake, Sask.

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$60M Lotto Max winner is Michelle Throassie, from Black Lake, Sask.

"I was shocked," Michelle Throassie, from Black Lake, Sask., said when she learned she was the winner of a recent $60-million lottery draw.

That is the largest amount ever won by a Saskatchewan resident.

Black Lake is a small remote community of about 2500 residents, about 50 kilometres north of Stony Rapids. Throassie bought a $5 quick pick ticket from a Stony Rapids local store.

"I only had a $5 bill in my purse," Throassie recounted. "I thought to myself, 'If I'm meant to win, that's all it's going to take.'"

Wernicke didn't know she was the big winner until five days after the draw. On Wednesday, Aug. 17, she said she had a feeling that she should check her ticket.

"I felt different all morning," she said. "They say if you have an itchy hand, it means money is coming your way. Well, both my hands were itchy."

She took her ticket back to the local store and asked the store clerk to check it for her.

"The lottery terminal made a different sound than I'm used to hearing," she said. "She looked at the ticket, then looked at me and said, 'You're the big winner.'"

Throassie said it will take some time for the reality of the win to sink in. She said she has no immediate plans.

"I have a lot of different things on my mind, so I'm going to sleep on it for a while," she said.

Throassie's immediate family numbers more than 30 — including children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren — and she said she is thrilled to know the impact her $60-million win will have.

"It means everything to be able to help my family," she said. "I've dreamed and prayed about that for a long time."


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