Brampton healthcare worker $290,000 richer after big lottery win

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You know that old saying, “If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry?”

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Well, a Brampton healthcare worker ended up doing both when she took home just over $290,000 in lottery winnings.

Shirley Broomfield, originally from the Philippines, was struck by the Lightning Lotto jackpot on Nov. 2 and the top prize, which started at $125,000, had grown to $291,366 before she claimed it.

Broomfield said she was at the store and won $2 on Lightning Lotto, so she decided to play again.

“The clerk said, ‘Hold on here, you won a big prize,’” she told OLG.

“I asked if he was joking and he whispered, ‘No.’ I started crying and laughing – I was so shocked! It’s big money. I don’t know how I got home after that. I was crying the whole way.”

Broomfield said when she called her son to tell him the good news, it was waterworks all over again.

“He was so happy for me he cried,” she told OLG. “He said I deserve this because I work so hard.”

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Her plans include going home at some point.

“I would like to travel back home to the Philippines when it’s safe to travel again,” Broomfield told OLG.

“I haven’t seen my family in so long and I miss them. I feel so thankful for this blessing.”

Her winning ticket was purchased at Casablanca Ticket Agency on Kennedy Rd. in Brampton.

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