ALBERTA

Grande Prairie Family Wins $17.3 Million Lottery

07/31/2015 05:39 EDT | Updated 07/31/2015 05:59 EDT
Lotto 6/49

An Alberta couple and their adult son say karma may have played a part in their $17.3 million lottery win.

Gerald, Elizabeth, and Dean Fritsma of Grande Prairie won the millions on the June 17 draw of Lotto 6-49.

Elizabeth says they've helped so many family and friends over the years that the win must be some sort of payback.

They bought their winning ticket at Mountview Grocery in Grande Prairie.

The Fritmas don't have any big plans for their winnings yet, but plan on investing the majority of their windfall as soon as they can.

Gerald says they live a quiet life and will probably continue doing so.

"Elizabeth came to the shop to tell me the news,'' said Gerald. "I saw her walking up and just hoped it wasn't bad news. It was some amazing news!''

There was no news conference for the three because they weren't comfortable having one, said a lottery spokeswoman.

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