Calgary couple claim $1 Million WESTERN 649 win!

    CALGARY, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - Vernon and Helen Gerlitz have their ticket to
travel thanks to a $1 Million WESTERN 649 windfall! The Calgary couple's
ticket for the January 12th draw matched all six main numbers on one line -
making them Alberta's newest Millionaires!
    Vernon, 73, bought a few WESTERN 649 tickets for the Saturday draw from
Macleod Trail Lottery, located in the Calgary Co-op on 8818 Macleod Trail SE.
The retirees returned to the Co-op the morning after the draw to do some
grocery shopping, and they made their exciting discovery.
    Helen started shopping while Vernon went to the kiosk to check some
tickets on the self-service Ticket Checkers. He'd checked a couple of them and
won $10. Thinking that was pretty good, he scanned the lucky WESTERN 649
ticket and saw "Major Winner" appear on the screen. He figured he'd won about
$100. After the clerk checked his ticket, she looked at the Claim Slip and
then Vernon and declared, "That's you!" Puzzled, Vernon replied, "What do you
mean?" "You just won," she replied. "The Millionaire is you!" His first
reaction was, "You've got be kidding!"
    Vernon then went to find Helen. "I'm going to tell you something you'll
never believe," he said. "We've won the lottery!" Although Helen, 74, knew
he'd never joke about such a thing, she left Vernon in the check-out lane
while she ran over to the kiosk to ask the clerk if he really did win. "I was
blank - I still don't believe it!" she said.
    "We've been pretty fortunate and I think we're okay, but we worry if one
of us got sick what would happen. I worry about that a lot," remarked Vernon.
Helen quickly added, "Now he doesn't have to."
    The happy couple said their prize definitely means travel will be in
their future. Although they are frequent travellers, this windfall means they
can do more - especially some family trips with their two children and four
grandchildren. A new truck to replace Vernon's 1952 model and helping their
church are also part of their plans. "We'll enjoy it, the kids will enjoy it -
that's the main thing," said Vernon.

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

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