She Won $40,000! No, It Was $40 Million! Happy Dance Time! : The Two-WayVIDEO: Maria Carreiro of Toronto was thrilled when she thought she had won $40,000 in a Canadian lottery. When she found out her prize was 1,000 times better, she was ecstatic. See her tell the story and dance for joy.
"Carreiro has spent much of her 51 years struggling, never having much but never wanting much more than love from her family. Her husband, Mario, works two jobs in the winter to make ends meet and Maria rarely sees him. But Monday was his last day working at a construction site, because the couple now has more money than they ever imagined they would."
As for the mix-up about how much she had won, Carreiro told reporters Monday that when she first looked at her ticket, "I just see 4-zero. ... I never win this much amount of money." And when her daughter figured out that the prize was 1,000 times better, Carreiro's first reaction was "No way!"