A Winnipeg man is beginning the new year with $1 million in the bank.
Neil Gebauer won the prize on the December 21 Lotto 6/49 draw.
“I couldn’t believe it! I called my wife at work and told her I thought I had won a million dollars,” he said. “She didn’t believe me. I still didn’t really believe it either.”
Gebauer purchased his $4 quick pick ticket from Boriwon Lottery, located in the Real Canadian Superstore at 1035 Gateway Road. He checked his numbers a few days later at the same store.
“It feels a little more real every day,” he added.
Gebauer plans to invest a portion of his winnings and travel with his wife.
In a separate win, Janice Hedley-Fisher of Winnipeg won $250,000 on the December 15 Daily Grind lottery game.
She first recalled winning $25,000 when she checked her ticket, but discovered a much greater windfall upon closer inspection.
“That’s when I found out it was actually $250,000!” she remembered. “I thought I was going to faint. I was shocked!”
Hedley-Fisher bought her winning quick pick ticket at the Red River Co-op Gas Bar, located at 1681 Grant Avenue.
She plans on using her winnings to take a family vacation to Wales next summer.