NEWS — Brenda Schley is $1.75 million richer after matching six out of six numbers on the May 3 Lotto 6/49 draw, securing her share of the $7 million jackpot.
The 57-year-old Clearwater retiree purchased her winning ticket at the local Pharmasave while running errands on Friday afternoon. It wasn’t until late Saturday night that Schley checked her numbers online.
“I saw the numbers and I knew I had won. I knew instantly. I was so shocked I had to triple check to make sure I was seeing the numbers right. Then I had my family check to confirm.”
“I remember yelling, ‘I won, I won, I won — my ship came in!’” she laughed. “It was an unbelievable experience and I haven’t slept in two days. It’s one of those things that you never fully expect to happen to you.”
The grandmother of seven and avid quilter says she’ll take her time to decide future plans for the prize winnings.
“I am still thinking about what to do; there are a lot of decisions to be made and I don’t want to rush any of it.”