Winnipeg winner looks forward to migrating south for winter

Craig Braschuk is Manitoba's newest-minted millionaire after he won $1 million on the November 2 LOTTO 6/49 draw!

He discovered his win a couple of days after the draw, after a friend who thought they were joking asked if he had brought home the prize.

"My friend told me there was a million-dollar win and asked me if it was me," he explained. "So I scanned my ticket and said, ‘yeah, I did!’"

"I was in shock," Braschuk said. He said he tried to hold off on telling his wife, who was out of town on vacation, but the temptation proved too great and he spilled the beans.

"When I told her, she went all goofy. I'm glad she could get it out of her system there!" he laughed.

Braschuk purchased his winning ticket from e Red River Co-Op at 1621 St. Mary's Road in Winnipeg on October 31. He won by matching the number 22359689-01.

He is the first Manitoban/Western Canada winner to take home a million-dollar prize since LOTTO 6/49, Canada’s longest-running national lottery game, debuted a new format in early September with the guaranteed prize was replaced with an elimination-style Gold Ball Jackpot draw. The first Gold Ball Jackpot winner was just the draw before Braschuk’s $1 million win – a Quebec winner took home an astounding $36 million on the October 29 draw.

The happy winner has a few plans for his windfall.

"I'm going to put the money away for a year, then we will figure out where we're going to spend our winters," he said. "I'm also going to spoil my amazing wife."

"It's a wash of relief. But, I know what it takes and the amount of work needed to earn a million dollars," Braschuk added.

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