A Canadian lottery winner wants you to get off her lawn.
On Nov. 11, Lois Olsen, an 80-year-old who lives in a small farming village in Alberta, won $50 million (approximately $37 million USD) in the lottery and managed to keep it a secret for weeks.
“I dodged the media once there,” she told reporters at a news conference on Nov. 30 as she described a situation in which she witnessed locals mislead a TV crew that was trying to track her down. “They didn’t say anything, so I was able to escape home without anything.”
For me, I’m too old for this. I would have liked to have won this 20 or 30 years ago" Lois Olsen
The day after the lottery draw was announced, the great-grandmother put her Lotto Max ticket into the self-checking machine at a grocery store. She pulled the ticket out and thought it read $15 and tried again. When she pulled the ticket back out, she read $500. Confused, and thinking the machine was broken, she asked an employee for help. The employee took one look at her ticket and told her she had just won $50 million.
Olsen, who grew up milking cows by hand on her family’s farm and didn’t have indoor plumbing until she was in her 20s, was stunned by her win, The Guardian reports.
She also had no idea what to do with the money. At her age, it seemed like a lot.
“For my family, it’s going to help them out a lot,” she said at the conference, per CBC News. “For me, I’m too old for this. I would have liked to have won this 20 or 30 years ago.”
She admitted she may buy herself a new SUV. But other than that, Olsen doesn’t have any further financial plans.
“Money doesn’t mean a whole bunch to me. I had hard times,” she said. Then with a laugh, she added, “Maybe not now.”