Al­berta cou­ple learned of lotto win af­ter buy­ing chicken feed


ST. AL­BERT — A pair of self-de­scribed “com­mon, ev­ery-day, blue-col­lar Al­ber­tans” are $60 mil­lion richer af­ter win­ning the largest lot­tery jack­pot in Al­berta’s his­tory.

Robin Walker and her hus­band, Brett McCoy, stopped in at the McLeod Trad­ing Post in the tiny ham­let of Peers, about 177 km west of Ed­mon­ton, on Sept. 23, the day af­ter the big draw, to pick up chicken feed and some treats for Walker’s four chil­dren while McCoy waited for her in the car, she said Wed­nes­day at the lot­tery cor­po­ra­tion of­fice in St. Al­bert.

Walker said when she scanned the win­ning Lotto Max quick pick ticket, a “whole bunch of num­bers came up on the screen.”

When she re­al­ized what had hap­pened, she yelled for McCoy.

“I hollered out the door, ‘Brett! Get in here, you’ve got to see this, we won $60,000,’ ” Walker said.

“The store clerk came af­ter me and said, ‘Robin — count the ze­ros.’ ”

In fact, McCoy and Walker’s ticket was the only one sold across Canada to match all seven Lotto Max win­ning num­bers drawn Sept. 22. The Yel­low­head County cou­ple won the en­tire $60-mil­lion jack­pot that even­ing, set­ting a record for the big­gest lot­tery prize yet won in Al­berta.

McCoy, a pipe­line worker, and Walker — who met McCoy when they worked at the same oil­field com­pany, but now works as a stay-ath­ome mother to her four chil­dren while tak­ing care of the cou­ple’s hobby farm — had al­ready won two sep­a­rate $100 prizes in the weeks lead­ing up to their big win.

Af­ter hav­ing joked with neigh­bours that it was a sign of a big win to come, their friends at first didn’t be­lieve the cou­ple had ac­tu­ally won $60 mil­lion.

“It was pretty sur­real; still is,” McCoy said.

The cou­ple is tak­ing time be­fore de­cid­ing what to spend their new for­tune on, but be­fore their win, McCoy said the cou­ple had dreamed of ex­pand­ing their farm.

“She can buy all the chick­ens she wants now,” McCoy said.

Thus far, the only big pur­chase the cou­ple has made with the win­nings is a brand new truck they drove to pick up the cheque.

While the jack­pot will surely make their lives eas­ier, Walker said that be­fore their big win, her fam­ily had been rich in other ways.

“We had ev­ery­thing; now we just have money as well,” Walker said, adding this sum of money could be used to help a lot of peo­ple. it


Lotto Max win­ners Brett McCoy (left) and Robin Walker, who are from the ham­let of Peers, speak dur­ing a news con­fer­ence at the Al­berta Gam­ing and Liquor Com­mis­sion head­quar­ters in St. Al­bert, on Wed­nes­day. They won $60 mil­lion in the Sept. 22 draw­ing.

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