One couple from St. Stephen, N.B., is $1 million richer after winning the Lotto 6/49 Guaranteed Prize draw on April 13.
Murdock Harmon and Angel Casey had always dreamed of winning the lottery.
It was sheer luck that they would stumble upon the winnings at a local retailer.
“I said to [Casey], ‘I must go check my lotto tickets and get my million bucks,’” said Harmon in a news release. “I was just joking though, because we knew that there was a big winner in P.E.I. that week.”
But Harmon, who works as a carpenter and is currently recovering from heart surgery, left the store that day with the exciting news — much to Casey’s surprise.
“He came back out to the truck and I said, ‘Obviously you didn’t win because you’re still alive,’” said Casey.
“That’s when he told me, ‘Actually, I did!’ and handed me the ticket that said we won $1 million.”
Harmon purchased the winning ticket at the Ultramar in Old Ridge, N.B.
Harmon says he’s not sure if he’ll retire from his job with the winnings since he enjoys the work and likes his coworkers. But with the winnings, he now has the freedom to do so whenever he feels ready.
On the other hand, Casey said she will be retiring from her retail job right away and is hopeful Harmon decides to do the same.
The couple plans to use their winnings to live a quiet life at Harmon’s cottage and travel with their grandkids post-COVID. Harmon also has dreams of building a combined workshop and garage.
The pair are the second Maritimers to win big on Lotto 6/49 in the same week.
Gary McCourt of New Annan, P.E.I. also won the $8.6-million jackpot on the same draw.