Deng Pravatoudom came to Canada in 1980. She and her husband worked very hard to provide for their family.
There is nothing more heartwarming than the unexpected blessings that come in the time of agony. One woman who lost her job during the pandemic won a lottery when she least expected it. The story of her win is even more interesting as it has an unbelievable element to it.
According to CNN, Deng Pravatoudom won a $60 million jackpot after she persistently played the lottery with a set of numbers that her husband dreamed of about 20 years ago. Though it took years for her dream to become a reality, the timing was just impeccable.
Deng Pravatoudom has played the lottery for two decades using a set of numbers that her husband dreamed about 20 years ago. In December, his dream became reality when his wife played those numbers and won a $60 million jackpot. https://t.co/Wk4cZzuNf1— FOX5 Las Vegas (@FOX5Vegas) January 25, 2021
The 57-year-old who was laid off during the pandemic was at the bank with her husband on 1 December 2020. Pravatoudom was busy paying some bills while her husband checked the tickets. When they returned to the vehicle, her husband surprised her with the news. He revealed that they had won the jackpot.
Recalling the moment, Pravatoudom stated, "When we got into the car, he told me we won the $60 million jackpot. He was serious, not joking, so I knew he was telling the truth. I started to cry. I have always prayed for a blessing that my family would be taken care of!” according to OLG's website.
She added, "I was ecstatically happy, I was crying at the same time. I couldn't believe it at first. I am going to buy a house, then if it's allowed after Covid, I'm going to travel the world," according to CNN. She also stated, "My husband had a dream about some lottery numbers 20 years ago."
Later, the couple collected their win from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) Prize Centre in Toronto
Unlike other years, OLG could not organize the traditional family celebration due to the pandemic, so they put together their first-ever virtual winner's celebration for Pravatoudom.
Pravatoudom, an immigrant, moved from Laos to Canada in 1980 with her 14 siblings. For years, she and her husband toiled together to provide for their family. With the pandemic, the family was going through some tough times. However, the lottery win has altered their lives for the better.
“My family was sponsored by a local church and because we had nothing, I am thankful for the great support they provided us over the years. My husband and I have worked long hours as general laborers for over 40 years, trying to save what we could for our family. Due to the pandemic, I was laid off last spring, so this money will certainly help make our lives much easier," said the mother of two.
The couple stated that they would pay off their bills and help their children before splurging it on themselves. Speaking of their parents' win, the kids said, "Mom and Dad you have worked so hard for 40 years and made many sacrifices, so you deserve this happiness!"