Laura Tutcho identified as $55M Lotto MAX winner

NWT and Nunavut Lotteries has identified Laura Tutcho as the $55 million winner from last month.

“I’m just beside myself,” said Tutcho in a news release.

Congratulations Laura Tutcho!!

Posted by NWT & NU Lotteries on Monday, June 1, 2020

According to Tutcho, the winning moment was a family affair.

After her granddaughter told her someone in Yellowknife had won the jackpot, Tutcho checked the winning numbers online: 3,12, 25, 36, 37, 42 and 49.

“I said, ‘On my God!’ My grandkids came in right away and my grandson asked, ‘Are you all right, Grandma?” she said. “I just kept looking at the ticket, and looking back at the numbers. My granddaughter told me, ‘The numbers haven’t changed, Grandma!’”

Tutcho is originally from Délı̨nę. She’s known as a strong speaker of her native Sahtúgot’ı̨ne language and a advocate for its revitalization.

According to the release, she’s consulted financial advisers on how best to invest the money.

She added that her priority was to support her immediate family.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis was a reporter with CKLB from January 2019 to March 2023. In his time with CKLB, he had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures.