Robot lawn mover Montreal’s newest multimillionaire gets her cheque from a Loto-Québec robot

Robot lawn mover Montreal’s newest multimillionaire gets her cheque from a Loto-Québec robot

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Talk about beginner’s luck. Shu Ping Li had never bought a lottery ticket before.

Author of the article:

Brendan Kelly  •  Montreal Gazette

Publishing date:

Nov 06, 2020  •   •  3 minute read

robot lawn mover Shu Ping Li, shown outside the downtown headquarters of Loto-Québec on Friday, Nov. 6, 2src2src. She was there to pick up her cheque for $7src million, having won the Oct. 9 Lotto Max draw. Courtesy of Loto-Québec.
Shu Ping Li is shown outside the downtown headquarters of Loto-Québec on Nov. 6, 2020. Photo by Alexandre Canac-Marquis /Loto-Québec

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We still don’t know much about the winner of $70 million in the Oct. 9 Lotto Max draw.

We know the winner’s name — Shu Ping Li of Montreal — and she bought the ticket at Dépanneur Mu on Bois-de-Boulogne Ave. in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough. We knows she speaks English, but not French.

But even after Li attended a virtual news conference at Loto-Québec’s downtown headquarters on Friday — a surreal event live-streamed on Facebook — it was hard to figure out who this mystery woman really was.

The mystery was upped by the fact Li was wearing a mask to follow COVID-19 safety protocols and was also wearing a wig of long flowing hair.

This created no small amount of curiosity among the many comments on the live social-media feed.

“Can we see her face?” asked one person following the Facebook event.

Another complained: “My god … she doesn’t even look very happy.”

Another quipped: “I also would’ve worn a wig and a mask if I won $70 million.”

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And: “For once a mask is useful for something! To remain anonymous!”

And: “She looks very calm for someone who won such a big jackpot.”

It is the second time this year someone in Quebec has won $70 million, the largest prize ever for a Canadian lottery winner.

At the news conference, Li received her cheque from a human-size robot, in keeping with physical-distancing regulations during the pandemic.

Li had some major beginner’s luck — she had never bought a lottery ticket before.

robot lawn mover Shu Ping Li, shown at the downtown headquarters of Loto-Québec on Friday, Nov. 6, 2src2src. She was there to pick up her cheque for $7src million, having won the Oct. 9 Lotto Max draw. Courtesy of Loto-Québec
“Can we see her face?” Shu Ping Li receives her $70 million prize at the downtown headquarters of Loto-Québec on Nov. 6. Loto-Québec

“I’m very happy and excited,” Li said during the event.

Later, she added: “I was very surprised then happy. It’s a gift from the gods.”

She spoke of how she saw on the news someone had won a previous $70-million jackpot and decided to buy lottery tickets for the first time in her life. When she told her husband one night she was going to the local dépanneur to buy tickets, he was surprised given she had only been to this dep twice before in the past 12 years.

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Her husband told her:”I don’t like gambling.”

To which she replied: “I’m not gambling. I just plan to purchase 10 tickets. It’s just a small piece of my salary. … “I said: ‘Why not?’ ”

She said she doesn’t really have any plans for what to do with the huge sum of money yet, other than perhaps buying a new car.

“I know it will bring a lot of changes to your life and we know they will only be good changes,” said Loto-Québec CEO Lynne Roiter.

Asked her age, Li said: “Is it possible that I don’t answer this question? That’s the secret of the woman.”

It took Li two weeks for her to come and claim the jackpot.

“It was a big shock for me,” Li said. “I think it’s something that changed my life. I needed time to come down and think it over.”

She said her husband owns a business and she sometimes works for him, but thinks she might be working a little less for him now that she has $70 million in the bank.

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As the press event wound down, the soft-spoken Li, clearly a woman of few words, had revealed little about her life, and she wasn’t any more forthcoming when asked by a journalist to describe her personality.

“I don’t know how to answer this question. … I was thinking maybe that God encouraged hard workers and nice people (by giving me this jackpot). So I hope I can do better than before in my life.”

That finally might’ve been the closest we got to getting a glimpse of the real Shu Ping Li.

And, in the end, Loto-Québec supplied a photo of the winner — with face uncovered.

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