North York grandmother revealed as winner of $50M Lotto Max jackpot
Chris Fox, CP24.com
Published Tuesday, May 13, 2014 5:22PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, May 13, 2014 5:37PM EDT
It was a Mother’s Day weekend that Sophie Rizavas will never forget.
The 63-year-old married mother-of-two from North York won $50 million in Friday night's Lotto Max draw and then got to tell her two adult daughters about the windfall during a Mother’s Day meal before spending the next few days letting the life-changing news sink in.
“I don’t know how I am feeling to tell you the truth. I am just so happy,” Rizavas told reporters at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “I don’t even realize it all yet. I’m a millionaire.”
Rizavas, who won the jackpot exactly 44 years after immigrating to Canada from Greece, had worked as a cleaner at several Toronto hospitals but has now quit her job and will look to spend more time with her two grandkids.
Though most lottery winners look to buy a new house or a car, Rizavas said she doesn't plan on making any big purchases for the time being other than a family vacation.
“I love my house, I love my car, I don’t think I want to change anything about my life,” she said. “I am happy.”
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