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Filipino-Canadian couple wins lottery twice, racks up P46 million in 8 months

By SAAB LARIOSA Published May 06, 2021 4:11 pm Updated Aug 17, 2021 11:56 am

It’s already a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win the lottery, but Filipino-Canadian couple Liezl Panganiban and Edgar Ebreo have beaten the odds twice.

The British Columbia-based couple was already taking a breather from winning $500,000 (P19.5 million once converted from Canadian dollars) from an Extra Lotto 6/49 draw in September 2020 when a spontaneous scratch card purchase doubled their riches to the tune of $675,000 (P26.4 million).

In the span of less than a year, from September 2020 to May 2021, the couple amassed a total of $1,175,000, or P46 million, from their double lottery wins.

Lightning struck twice for this lucky pair.

“When I saw the three cash symbols, I couldn't believe it, so I showed Edgar,” Liezl shared through a statement. Meanwhile, Edgar started dancing to the nearly impossible news. Who wouldn’t?

The general chances of someone winning the lottery at any given time are astronomically low at 1 in 13,983,816. Though the pair’s second win was through a scratch-off, their sheer luck can’t be denied.

The couple says that they’re planning to celebrate with their family and take a vacation in Hawaii once the pandemic is over. For now, they’ll be setting aside the money to pay off their mortgage. 

What would you do with the sudden arrival of P46 million?