It wasn’t a joke when a Regina man won a record $70-million lottery jackpot in Western Canada on April Fools’ Day.
Dale McEwen was on a road trip with his family on April 1 when they stopped at a gas station outside Medicine Hat, Alta., to buy lottery tickets.
The next day, he used the Lotto Spot! app to discover his Lotto Max ticket matched the seven winning numbers.
The Western Canada Lottery Corp. says in a news release that the McEwen family has general plans to use the money to travel and to help loved ones.
But the lottery corporation says the winners are still working through the details of what to do with their new-found wealth.
The news release says the $70-million is the largest winning ticket sold by an Alberta retailer by a margin of $5-million.
“I can’t even describe it,” Mr. McEwen said Tuesday in the news release.
“Dreaming about winning and actually winning are two very different feelings. You think you know what it would feel like, but when it’s in your hands, your mind will not stop. You can’t even sleep.”
Mr. McEwen jested that the lottery win ruined his ski trip.
“Basically, all we’ve been doing since we found out is figuring out what we will do now.”
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