A couple from Hamilton in Ontario, Canada, were celebrating last month after news of a $1 million Lotto Max prize prompted an engagement.
58 year old Robert Benning, from the Lake Ontario town of Hamilton, won his $1 million Lotto Max prize not long after losing his job at a steel factory when the plant shut down. Recently a pair of police officers from Hamilton shared over $5 million in Lotto 649 prize money.
Once he found out about his lottery fortune in the drawing on June 8th, the lucky man became even luckier as he woke up his long-term partner, proposed to her, and she said yes! A man from South Carolina proposed to his partner after winning $1 million on the Mega Millions lottery.
“The windfall is a big relief,” he told Ontario Lottery officials of his Lotto Max prize. 59 year old retiree Catherine Bates, Mr Benning’s now fiancée said “He told me about our win, and then he proposed!” When they won $142,857 on the New Zealand Lotto, a couple from Auckland were also celebrating an engagement and a birthday! The lucky couple said that their new found fortune will allow them to enjoy their lives without worrying about money. A couple from England said that their £6.6 million UK Lotto win five years ago allowed them to live a life without financial worries.
The couple have three children between them, and they said that their Lotto Max winnings will enable them to help them out, but they also plan on buying a new trailer somewhere in the southern states of the US, for when the winters in Canada get really cold! The winners revealed that they are not strangers to buying lottery tickets, but that they haven’t bought tickets online before this time. A couple from British Columbia replaced their trailer with a brand new home after winning $7 million on the Lotto 649.
The Lotto Max prize was won three months ago, but because Ms Bates’ son works for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission, it had to be held for an extra 30 days and reviewed by a third party to ensure that the couple had rightfully won. The prize was finally paid out to the lucky winners on Thursday, September 20th.
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