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A man from Saskatoon in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan has won $1 million on the Lotto 6/49 draw all thanks to his need for Coriander one evening.

Syed Bakht won his $1 million prize, just like Edith Shackleton from Alberta, on the Canadian Lotto 6/49 game on September 23rd, and he said that he wouldn’t have found out about the win if he hadn’t been to the local store to get some spices with his son. In the grocery store, he said that he sent his son to find the coriander while he checked a few lottery tickets that he had in his pocket.

“I asked my son to take it to the checkout, and I checked a couple of lottery tickets,” Mr Bakht told Saskatchewan lottery officials as he collected his prize, which shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise as it was recently revealed Saskatchewan lottery players were some of the luckiest in the country. He said that as he scanned his Lotto 6/49 ticket, the machine flashed up the words “major winner”, and an amount that included several zeros. At first, the lottery winner assumed that he had won $10,000, and it wasn’t until his son came back from purchasing the coriander that he realised his mistake, and that he had actually won $1 million on the Lotto 6/49, just like a group of friends from British Columbia did earlier this summer.

“When my son came over, I asked him to count the zeros, and he counted six,” the shocked Saskatoon lottery winner said of the moment that he realised he was about to become a millionaire. “I said, ‘My god. We won a million dollars,’” he finished the story that he told lottery officials as he posed with his ceremonial cheque earlier this week, not long after an elderly couple from Ontario won $6.8 million on the same lottery game.

Mr Bakht purchased his winning Lotto 6/49 ticket from the Attridge Co-op, and claimed the prize just over a week after the lottery draw took place. According to the statement that he released through Saskatchewan lottery officials, the winner will be spending the majority of his prize fund on a new home and a new car, but he will also put some of it into investments for his family’s future.

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