$1 Million WESTERN 649 windfall for Airdrie man!

    CALGARY, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - Seguro Ndabene knew he had a winning ticket in
his hands when he took it to a local lottery Retailer,but he didn't realize
just how big a winner it was. In fact, the Airdrie resident had won the Top
Prize on the August 27th WESTERN 649 draw and was $1 Million richer!
    The 56-year-old plays WESTERN 649 regularly and bought the $8 ticket that
would turn out to be the lucky one- a 7-Number Combination Play with EXTRA
'ENTERED' - from East Lake Petro Canada, located at 190 E.Lake Crescent in
Airdrie. He discovered his windfall the day after the draw, when he took a few
tickets to another location to check.
    "They know me at the store and know that I play WESTERN 649," Seguro
remembered. "When I went in, theclerk told me that someone had won $1 Million
on WESTERN 649, and she said it might be me. I told her, 'I don't think so.'"
    "I don't look at the winning numbers before I check them," he continued.
"If I do that, I sometimes miss some of the numbers, and it gets frustrating."
Instead, he checked his tickets at the self-service Ticket Checker. "When I
got to this ticket, I thought it said I won $103, but I wasn't sure how you
could win that amount. When I checked again, I thought it was $1,300. Then I
saw there were more zeroes and thought, 'This is something big!'" In addition
to the $1 Million Top Prize, Seguro won $3,000 in subsidiary prizes on his
Combination Play ticket - bringing his total prize to $1,003,000.
    Although he had chosen one line of his own numbers on the winning ticket,
it was an additional Quick Pick line that matched all six main numbers drawn -
1, 3, 9, 32, 34 and 48 - to net Seguro his million-dollar prize.
    "I stayed pretty calm," the winner recalled. "When I was leaving the
store, the clerk asked if there was anything exciting on my tickets. I said,
'No, just the usual.'"
    At the time of his prize claim, Seguro said that he hadn't yet made firm
plans about what to do with his sudden windfall. He said that he'd likely use
a portion of it to pay his mortgage and share with family.

For further information:

For further information: Andrea Marantz, WCLC 1-800-665-3313, ext 1397.

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