If it weren’t for Barb Taman’s dog getting sick, she may not have won the lottery.
The Moose Jaw woman won one of the guaranteed $1 million prizes from Lotto 6/49.
She said she chose her numbers based on one of the dogs’ illness.
“One of my dogs is sick, and I picked the numbers to correspond with the disease he has, and that’s how I won that day.”
Her dog has blastomycosis. So she took the numbers corresponding to “blasto” on a T9 keyboard and added a seven.
“I needed one more number so I just put seven, as lucky number seven,” she said.
Taman said that for the first couple of days after she found out she had won, she thought she was going to wake up and it would all turn out to have been a dream.
“You laugh, you cry, it’s a million different things going through your mind.”
Besides vet bills and some investments, Taman said she doesn’t know what she’s going to spend the money on.
“It’s been overwhelming, I’m not even sure yet.”