Good news and bad news — that's how Sandra Donaldson began to tell her husband, Bob, about their recent $23 million lottery win. The Canadian couple's story is capturing the hearts of people everywhere after Sandra realized she had purchased a winning lottery ticket and decided to get creative with how she broke the exciting news to her husband of 36 years.
"When I got home, Sandra said, 'I have good news and bad news,'" Bob explained in a statement. "'Good news — you can get a new car sooner than you think. Bad news — we have to go see our lawyer right away!’ Then she handed me the winning ticket. I was speechless." Check out the adorable video below to see Bob discover they were multi-millionaires.
Bob, a retired Dofasco manager, was away in China when his wife learned that their lives were about to change forever. Before leaving, he had asked her to do two things: clean up after the dog and buy their usual lottery ticket. One of those things never happened. "I couldn't sleep, I couldn't eat," she admitted. He joked in a recent statement, "I guess I can forgive her for not cleaning up after the dog."
We're sure after they deposit the check, all will be forgiven. "I think over time it will start to sink in, but it's a life-changing event," he revealed while fighting back tears. She added, "It's overwhelming. It's very emotional."
The couple plans to share their winnings with two children and soon-to-be three grandchildren. "It’ll be wonderful to be able to travel more and longer," Sandra added. “We’ll also buy that new car for Bob, install a pool and build a walk-in closet — I already went on a shopping spree while Bob was still in China." It sounds like they're living the dream.
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