Manitoba man takes home $27.5 million jackpot
Fraserwood resident wins the largest LOTTO 6/49 prize ever awarded in Manitoba
Keith Spulnick couldn’t believe what he was seeing when he checked his LOTTO 6/49 ticket for the May 12 draw early the morning after the draw. The winning numbers looked awfully familiar, but...
“I just thought ‘it can’t be’ – the winning numbers look a lot like my numbers,” Spulnick laughed, recalling checking the WCLC website and then confirming by using the Lotto Spot! mobile app to scan his ticket.
“I think I won!”
Spulnick took a few minutes to take care of some chores around his property and let the situation sink in before he sat his wife down and told her “we won the lottery.”
“She didn’t believe me, asked ‘are you sure that’s not 27,000?’” Spulnick laughed as he claimed his prize on Monday. “And I said ‘no, that’s a lot of commas.’ It was pretty surreal for us.”
Spulnick’s ticket matched all six winning numbers for the draw – 30, 35, 39, 42, 46, and 48 – to bring home the jackpot of $27,505,450.30. He picked up his ticket the afternoon of the draw at Riverton Shop Easy at 65 Main Street in Riverton, selecting his numbers at random.
Spulnick says the win is huge for him and his family, noting that he had recently come through some health problems that left him unable to work as expenses mounted.
“By the time I physically got better, I didn’t have a dime to my name. We have been pulling ourselves out slowly, but it’s taken a long time. This is just fantastic,” he recalled.
“I have a picture of me with my last five bucks – that was all I had left then. I’m going to frame that,” he chuckled.
Spulnick says his first order of business now that he’s a multi-millionaire is to get good financial advice to ensure there’s a plan in place so that he and his family never have to worry about money. He also plans to make sure his debts are taken care of, and from that point “we’ve got time to figure out what we want.”
Some of that will be a little bit of fun – the family has already picked up a new vehicle and will be using it and a new trailer to travel once it’s safe to do so. But even though he has a new truck, Spulnick says he won’t forget about the one that got him where he is today.
“I’m going to fix it up the old reliable one as well,” he laughed. “It’s been good to me!”
Spulnick says he plans to retire – both from work, and from playing the lottery to “give someone else a
chance” to win.
“I don’t need anything else. I’m not a ‘high lifestyle’ guy, I want to remain me – this is all we need,” he
noted. “It’s the best thing that ever happened in my life. I never thought I would get this.”