Calgary man wins $1 million!

    First of 10 INSTANT LOTTO 6/49 Top Prize Winners Across Canada!

    CALGARY, Sept. 21 /CNW/ - Thanks to a LOTTO 6/49 25th ANNIVERSARY SCRATCH
'N WIN ticket, Joseph 'Red' Preston and his wife, Dolly, will have lots to
celebrate on their 57th wedding anniversary. The Calgary man won the game's
$1 Million Top Prize!
    "Me and my bride of 57 years are pretty happy," said the 82-year-old
retiree, while claiming the prize with his wife by his side. "I woke up this
morning at 5 a.m., wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, knowing I was going to claim my
$1 Million!" Red said yesterday.
    Red buys SCRATCH 'N WIN tickets occasionally. He went to a local Retailer
who suggested he try the new $10 anniversary ticket. Every LOTTO 6/49 25th
ANNIVERSARY SCRATCH 'N WIN ticket is guaranteed to win a prize - ranging from
a free $2 LOTTO 6/49 ticket to the $1 Million Top Prize. Later, when Red
scratched his ticket, he found he was entitled to a free $2 LOTTO 6/49 ticket.
    The couple stopped at Deer Valley Lottery Outlet Kiosk at A-1221 Canyon
Meadows Drive to redeem his prize. Red decided to try his luck again and
bought one more $10 ticket. "I had $10 in my pocket, so I decided to buy
another one."
    When they returned home, Red scratched the ticket and to his amazement
uncovered a $1 Million prize. "I said to Dolly, 'I think we just got a
$1 Million.'" Not believing it was true, she grabbed the ticket to look for
herself. "Even after looking, she still didn't believe it and thought
something must be wrong," recalled Red. A trip back to the location where he
bought his first ticket confirmed the win!
    The couple said they plan to bank the majority of the windfall for now,
but added they plan to do something special for their upcoming 57th
anniversary in October.
    The LOTTO 6/49 25th ANNIVERSARY SCRATCH 'N WIN game was launched at the
end of August to commemorate a major milestone in Canadian lottery history.
The nation's flagship lottery game - LOTTO 6/49 - celebrates its 25th
Anniversary in 2007. The SCRATCH 'N WIN version is available in the Prairie
Provinces and Territories, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces. Red
Preston is the first winner in the country to claim one of the 10 $1 Million
prizes offered by this game.
    Red's windfall represents the second $1 Million prize sold by Deer Valley
Lottery Outlet kiosk. On the July 14th WESTERN 649 draw, a ticket purchased
from the kiosk by a Calgary man won that game's Top Prize.

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