03/19/2014 05:21 EDT | Updated 03/19/2014 05:59 EDT

Michael Tkachyk, Cochrane Man, Wins $7.2 Million In Lotto 6/49

Lotto 6/49

Michael Tkachyk is thrilled with his $7 million lotto win – especially considering he originally thought his payout was only going to be $70,000.

“I checked it at the ticket checker, but I didn’t really know how much we’d won. There are no commas in the display,” said the Cochrane, Alta. man in a news release.

Tkachyk checked the sum at a convenience story, brainstorming all the way home what he could do with his winnings.

It wasn't until he went online later from home when he realized he'd actually won a lot more in the March 5 Lotto 6/49 draw.

Immediately he texted his wife, Deidre, who wasn't home at the time.

“I said it was important,” he recalled, saying she didn't call back right way.

“Then I texted again and said it was urgent. Then I said it was really urgent.”

The couple is still deciding what to do with the money, but they say they will keep working.

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