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.