Mona Gilbert did not have a great year in 2018—at least, not until the very end.
It was the year she was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I had a breast tumour,” she told CBC News, “After that, they said I had three. Then they said I had five.”
The Quebec resident was diagnosed in September, underwent a mastectomy, and was going through chemotherapy as 2018 drew to a close. She was also waiting to hear the results of a biopsy that would determine if her cancer had spread.
But on Friday, December 28, she took a break from thinking about cancer to watch the winning numbers for Loto-Québec. The numbers for the “Extra Friday” draw matched those on her little paper ticket, making her an instant millionaire. Mona had won $1 million.
“I looked at the screen, I was frozen. I said, ‘Wow! What a relief! I won’t have to work anymore for money,'” she told Radio-Canada.
Mona lives in Alma, Quebec, and she’ll head to the capital of the province on Thursday to claim her prize. Now that she feels more financially secure, she says she will be able to focus more on healing. “I am the happiest and excited despite my cancer believe me I will defeat it!!!!” she posted on her Facebook page.
Mona plans to enjoy her winnings by spending some well-deserved time at the spa, making improvements on her property, spoiling her kids, and maybe even buying herself a convertible.
On New Year’s Day, she posted, “Happy new year to all! (Kissing face). I’m going wonderfully well (Smiley face).”
Congratulations, Mona! May you receive even more good news in 2019!
Katie Taylor started writing in 5th grade and hasn't stopped since. Her favorite place to pen a phrase is in front of her fireplace with a cup of tea, but she's been known to write in parking lots on the backs of old receipts if necessary. She and her husband live cozily in the Pacific Northwest enjoying rainy days and Netflix.