B.C. lotto multimillionaire says jackpot win an 'amazing blessing'

Michelle De Roma from Surrey, B.C. claims her Lotto Max prize of $39.5 million in Vancouver, Friday, Jan.4, 2019.
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VANCOUVER - A woman from Surrey, B.C., has claimed a Lotto Max prize of $39.5 million and is thinking about a trip to Rome.

Michelle De Roma purchased her ticket at the Tsawwassen Mills Shopping Centre and says when she heard someone in the area won, she scanned her ticket and $39 million popped up on the screen.

De Roma, who's a mother of three, says her husband didn't believe her so he checked online for himself, shouted "Wow," then gave her a kiss.

She says she'd like to see the Coliseum in Rome and the family has plans for a new home.

She won the jackpot in the Dec. 28 draw and says she and her family spent a few days celebrating before claiming the money.

De Roma says matching the seven numbers was "an amazing blessing."

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