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"My wife and I have worked hard all our lives and made sacrifices for our family. But we've haven't had much extra."
Suryanarayana Bora will soon find out what a difference having "extra" can make in his life. The Edmonton resident is the first top prize winner of Canada's newest national lottery game, DAILY GRAND. He won the game's top prize of $1,000 a day for life on the November 10 draw and chose to receive his prize as a $7 million one-time payment.
The lottery prize is a game-changer for Bora.
Like so many other hard-working Canadians, being able to secure his family's financial future is the real dream come true. He said his first plan will be to pay off the mortgage on his home, along with all his other bills.
"I'm just so happy to know that I will be able to take care of my family - now and in the years to come," he said.
Bora's new "DAILY GRAND life" began with the $9 ticket he purchased at the Petro Canada gas station located at 895 Tamarak Way NW in Edmonton, AB.
He discovered the win first by scanning the ticket with the WCLC Lottery Manager app on his phone, and then by double-checking at a local lottery retailer.
"After that, I went straight home, saw my daughter and gave her a hug," he said. "I told her and my wife. Then I called our other daughter and told her I had good news. She said 'Did you win the lottery?' It was like she knew!"
DAILY GRAND launched on October 18, 2016, and the first draw was October 20. Bora won on November 10, the game's seventh draw. The winning numbers were 1, 11, 16, 46, and 48; the Grand number was 5. Winners have the option of an annuity paying $1000 a day for life, or a lump sum payment of $7 million.
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