Liz and Doug Kinsman of Etobicoke used to have a Friday night ritual that benefited them with $27 million.
It had only been a Quick Pick. Just probability, but it garnered them the big Super 7 lottery prize of $27 million in May, 2008.
Doug Kinsman said that they felt fantastic, and they were kind of numb. He added that it was the magnitude, and that a million or $2 million was one thing but $27 million, it hadn’t sunk in yet.
It was the 10th largest Lotto Super 7 jackpot won since the game had been established in 1994, according to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.
The Kinsmans purchased two Quick Pick tickets one Friday night, and the second one got them a free Super 7 ticket. The Etobicoke couple had been married for 39 years and had been playing Super 7 each week for a decade. They regularly used the same numbers, until last year, when they lost them, but they didn’t mention how.
Kinsman explained that he considered that was chance as well. According to him, if they hadn’t lost those numbers and played Quick Pick, they might not have won the big prize.
As it was usual, the husband and wife looked for the winning numbers in the Star. Liz said that they plunked right down in the den, then he read out the numbers and she circled them. She said that there were a lot of circles and they discovered they had won.
Nevertheless, they still couldn’t believe their good luck.
They were so skeptical that they checked their numbers at two different locations. Of course they got the same winning answer at both. Liz said that afterwards they called the children.
The couple tossed and turned all night, they were so excited. They even checked their numbers one more time when they were going to claim their prize at the lottery center. Lottery checker
At the time the Kinsmans had a short list. Kinsman, who sold high-end cottages on lakes Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph, and his wife who worked in insurance didn’t have any major changes planned yet. For the moment, they were planning to put the money in a short term interest account and then decide.