December 23, 2015 9:29 am
Updated: December 23, 2015 10:35 am

Doggone it! Alberta couple wins $14.5M in lotto

Christian and Monique Etienne pose for a photo in this recent handout photo. The Airdrie, Alta., won $14,519,825 on the December 12 Lotto 6-49 draw.

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ST. ALBERT, Alta. – A southern Alberta couple is $14.5 million richer thanks to two mischievous dogs.

Christian and Monique Etienne of Airdrie purchased the winning ticket for the Lotto 6-49 draw on Dec. 12 while getting supplies to clean up after their rescue animals.

Chancey the golden lab and Kira, a German shepherd, had made a mess with a package of scone mix and the Etiennes needed to rent a carpet cleaner at a gas station.

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Christian discovered the win on the self-checker when he took the ticket back to a retailer a few days after the draw.

His wife thought he was pulling her leg when he told her they’d hit the jackpot.

The couple don’t have a lot of plans for their winnings yet, but it’s a safe bet Chancey and Kira won’t be spending much time in the doghouse.

“Right now we’re just enjoying the Cloud 9 feeling,” Christian said Tuesday as the couple’s identity was revealed.

“We were talking about how we can just help to make a lot of people happy,” added Monique. “I’ve always wanted to take my mom back to Norway, her home country. Now I can!”

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