John Wedlock from Peterborough in Ontario, Canada, had a difficult decision to make after winning the Daily Grand Draw on June 28. Should he receive his prize as $1,000 a day for life of a lump-sum payment of $7m?
It’s a difficult decision and one that was recently faced by Canadian Charlie Lagarde after her win on a “Gagnant a vie!” Québec scratch card. She chose to receive her prize at the rate of $1,000 a week rather than a one-off payment for $1m. The fact she was only 19 years old would have been a major factor for Charlie, but John is 40 years older than her. That probably explains his decision to accept his winnings as a lump sum payment of $7m.
The lucky Daily Grand player says that he regularly tries his luck on lottery games including Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max and Lottario. He left it late to get a ticket from the Shoppers Drug Mart for the June 28 Daily Grand draw, just like Welshman Richard Davies who won £1m playing EuroMillions. Another Canadian, Clint Kennedy only got his $1m MaxMillion winning ticket minutes before the deadline.
He didn’t check the results of the Daily Grand draw until his wife saw a newspaper article saying there had been a big local win. However, Mr Wedlock just laughed it off never dreaming he was the Daily Grand winner and still didn’t immediately check his ticket.
“I went to the store to check my ticket a few days later and it turns out that I was the big winner!” he said. “I laughed when I saw the words ‘$1,000 a day for life’ on the validation slip.” The 59-year-old couldn’t wait to tell his wife the amazing news of their Daily Grand win.
“She had tears in her eyes when I told her the life-changing news,” he said. “It took a bit of convincing even after showing her the validation slip.”
It’s the latest big lottery win in Canada after Darren Shannon won a $1 million prize on an Atlantic 49 ticket. Also celebrating was Terry Sigurdson from British Colombia who won $500,000 in a Lotto 649 Extra draw.
The Daily Grand winner, who is the father of two boys, hasn’t got any specific plans for the windfall but said: “This win gives us the freedom to take many routes in our life,” he said. “I’m at a loss for words.”
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