HUDSON BAY COUPLE WIN $2 MILLION WESTERN 649 JACKPOT!
Dennis and Rhonda Clark were a province apart when they won a $2 million lottery prize, but they say the win will let them spend more time together. The Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan couple won on the May 13 WESTERN 649 draw.
Dennis bought the couple’s winning ticket while he was working in Fort McMurray, Alberta. He checked it and discovered the win on Sunday, May 14 – right after he called Rhonda to wish her a happy Mother’s Day.
“I checked the ticket with the WCLC Lottery Manager app on my phone. I just kept scanning it; I thought I was seeing things,” he remembered. “I called Rhonda right back and asked her to check the copy of our selection slip while I read off the winning numbers.”
“When I saw the numbers matching, I started shaking,” Rhonda said. “You never expect that you’re really going to win. I still haven’t wrapped my mind around it.”
The Clarks’ plans for their windfall so far are modest, but the couple said their $2 million prize will help change their lives in meaningful ways.
“After nine years on the road and working shift work, I’m going to be home more,” Dennis said. “I’ve missed a lot of basketball games and other activities. This win will help me to retire earlier and let us enjoy more time together as a family.”
“And you’ll be home to push the snow blower in the winter,” Rhonda laughed.
The Clarks said they also plan to pay off their vehicles, pay down their mortgage, and travel more.
Dennis bought the winning ticket from the Petro Canada station at 321 Thickwood Boulevard in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The couple won the $2 million WESTERN 649 jackpot by matching all six main winning numbers drawn on May 13. The winning numbers were 13, 21, 24, 38, 39 and 47.
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