‘I wanted to throw up’: Edmonton woman on winning $30 million lottery jackpot

Joan and Wade Lidkea picked up their $30 million cheque in St. Albert Thursday, October 23, 2014. Supplied, WCLC

EDMONTON – Joan and Wade Lidkea are Canada’s newest multimillionaires.

The Edmontonians found out they won the $30 million Oct. 10 Lotto Max jackpot over the Thanksgiving long weekend. The Lidkeas checked their tickets on Saturday morning, follow the draw Friday night.

“I was checking this ticket and I got to the last set and I said, ‘I have all the numbers,'” Joan recalled.

Wade reacted by cracking a joke, saying his wife must have been reading the ticket incorrectly.

“He came into the room and took a look and said, ‘Yes, yes, you do have them all,'” Joan said.

“I got sweaty hands and I didn’t know what to do,” Wade added.

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Still in shock, the Lidkeas quickly went to Ritchie Foods, where they purchased the ticket, to double check their winnings.

“It’s pretty mind-blowing,” Joan said.

The winning numbers were one of two quick pick selections on their ticket: 5, 13, 18, 28, 31, 38 and 44.

Joan and Wade were presented with their cheque, worth a whopping $30,818,287.80, Thursday afternoon in St. Albert.

This is the fourth largest lottery jackpot to be claimed in Edmonton since November 1980. The largest jackpot, worth $50 million, was claimed in December 2013.

Top 10 Edmonton lottery prizes as of October 23, 2014. Supplied, WCLC



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