A 22-year-old supermarket employee has won a record-breaking CAD $70 million (AU$80 million) from a lotto ticket he almost didn’t even bother getting checked.
Gregory Mathieu was about to clock on for his shift at an IGA grocery store in a suburb of Québec City, in Canada, when he asked one of the cashiers to scan his ticket.
He was then delivered the incredible news he had just claimed the province’s biggest win in history.
“I went into the supermarket to go to work and I had the ticket but I didn't think twice about it, I never thought I would win,” Mr Mathieu said.
“I couldn't believe my eyes, I still can’t believe it. Today I feel stressed, I’m feeling anxious but I’m very happy.
“Financially I’m good for life and it was a huge stress for me. I always thought I had to go back to school... and find a job, and now I can help others.”
He bought the ticket on February 25 using random numbers, with his family usually buying lotto tickets when there was a big jackpot up for grabs.
Mr Mathieu said he would be sharing his winnings with seven family members, including his mum, Sandra Julien.
“I told him, Gregory are you freaking serious?” she said.
“I said your father and I don’t have a budget to miss work, we need our money.”
Mr Mathieu’s mother was so skeptical that she asked the cashier to get on the phone and confirm the win, and also asked her son to send a photo of the ticket.
The family said they were going to take time for themselves and wanted to travel, make good investments, secure a future for the children in the group and “throw parties” for relatives.
“It’s not going to change our family, we are [good people], we are grounded and we take care of each other and we will still do that,” Ms Julien said.
The IGA Extra where the ticket was purchased will also receive AU$800,000 as its one per cent commission.
– Yahoo News Canada
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