Dr Rodney Willoughby from Sudbury in Ontario, Canada received a tonic of his own when winning $1m in the January 7 Lotto 6/49 draw.
The 51-year-old married father of three is a surgeon and like many a lottery player, he’s had a long wait for his big win. “I have been playing Lotto 6/49 since I’ve been legally eligible to,” he joked. “I have specific numbers that I like to play,” he added.
Those “specific” numbers have finally come up just as they did for £56,520 UK Lotto winners Tina Thayne and Donna Taylor from England who’d been playing the same numbers for years. Also in England, Tom and Brenda Nugent won a £1m EuroMillions prize after playing it since the lottery was launched.
Dr Willoughby bought his winning Lotto 6/49 ticket from the Esso on Wellington Road in London all because there wasn’t a queue. With no need to hang around, he decided to take “an extra moment and play.” Carrie Groves from Maryland, USA, saw there wasn’t a long queue and ended up buying a $1m winning Powerball ticket.
It was the day after the Lotto 6/49 draw that he checked his ticket and found out he was a lottery millionaire by winning the guaranteed $1 Million prize. His three children were with him at the time so he quickly told them about their Lotto 6/49 win. Scared he might have made a mistake, he called his wife, who initially couldn’t believe it. After going to a store to validate the Lotto 6/49 win, “it became real” when the words ‘Big Winner’ flashed up on the screen. His wife began to cry and everyone in the store began to celebrate.
Willoughby now plans to pay off his mortgage just like a Canadian couple did after winning $1m playing Lotto Max. He also wants to make some charitable donations, help family members and go on an extended holiday. That could be a Disney cruise, perhaps he can ask Stuart Andrew Sussex from England who wanted to go on one after his £500,000 Thunderball win.
Despite his big win, the Doctor has no intention of retiring but added that he and his wife “will have the freedom and opportunity to travel more often at an earlier age.” Patricia Desjarlais, from Saskatoon in Canada, won a $1m Lotto Max prize but said it wasn’t enough for her to retire.
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