Alberta resident discovers $1M lottery win while cleaning up

REDCLIFFE – Erin Taefu is starting the New Year feeling like a million bucks. While checking old lottery tickets, the Redcliff resident discovered she won $1 million on the Oct. 16, 2019, LOTTO 6/49 draw.

Taefu bought her $10 quick-pick ticket from Redcliff Husky, located at 701 Broadway Ave. in Redcliff. She discovered her windfall in December and claimed her prize in January.

“I had just got back from a trip, and I was cleaning out my car,” she said. “I found some tickets in the car and in the house that I hadn’t checked yet. When I finished cleaning, I checked them on the WCLC mobile app.”

The winning number for the $1 million guaranteed prize on Oct. 12 was 48265596-01, matching one of the selections on Taefu’s ticket.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I was in complete shock. I had to keep going back and scanning it on the app.”

She said she plans to use the majority of her windfall to invest in the future and live mortgage-free.