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Toronto grandmother finds out she won $40 million lotto, not $40,000

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   April 10, 2013 at 2:16 PM   |   Comments

April 10 (UPI) -- Toronto grandmother Maria Carreiro accepted her $40 million dollar lottery check with an animated victory dance at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission office this week, telling reporters that she originally thought she'd won a relatively paltry $40,000.

“I went home and I told my daughter, ‘Oh I won $40,000.’ She’s jumping off the bed too and then she calls her [sister] and says, ‘Mommy won $40,000,'" Carreiro, 51, explained, according to the National Post.

“She flew up the stairs. I run up the stairs, then I run down the stairs. She went on the computer and she checked the computer and she goes ‘Mommy, You’re $40-million richer.’ I’m like ‘No way, no way.’"

Carreiro said her office worker husband immediately quit his job and that they were already planning a belated honeymoon to Hawaii. In the meantime, she planned to treat her whole family to dinner at The Mandarin, an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet restaurant chain.

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