She Opened a Book, Became $750K Richer

Montreal couple claims lottery prize with 2 days to deadline
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2019 7:21 AM CDT

(Newser) – With just 48 hours left to claim their prize, Nicole Pedneault and Roger Larocque found a winning lottery ticket buried in a book. The Montreal couple wasted no time and are now $750,000 richer, reports CTV News. They'd bought the Loto-Quebec ticket last year for Valentine's Day but had apparently forgotten about it—it was stuck in a travel book on Japan, per USA Today—by the time of the draw on April 5, 2018. "If my grandson had not asked me to lend him some things for his presentation I would have never found the ticket on time," Pedneault says, adding "the first thing I did … was to claim the prize." The couple is considering buying a new vehicle. But first, "we will spoil ourselves by ordering a poutine with double sauce and double cheese," Pedneault says. (Read more lottery stories.)

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