Amherst family wins lottery

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John Lewis and Jan MacKinnon of Amherst turned a summer vacation into a life-changing experience. A lottery ticket Lewis bought turned out to be a million-dollar winner. 

AMHERST –  An Amherst family has a million reasons why they love the summer after a family vacation set the stage for winning the lottery.

John Lewis vacationed in Charlottetown for the Big Red Music Festival over the Canada Day weekend on Prince Edward Island. That’s where he picked up an Atlantic 49 tickets for the June 29 draw. His vacation splurge made him and his partner, Jan MacKinnon, Atlantic Canada’s newest millionaires.

“The concert was the best part of my weekend… until today,” said John, who waited nearly two weeks before checking his ticket.

During a trip to the mall, he used the self-service ticket checker to see if he’d had any luck, and he saw a message he’d never seen before.

“It said ‘Major Prize, contact Atlantic Lottery’ but there was no amount,” Lewis said. “I said to my daughter Alycia, ‘You don’t suppose we actually won?’”

A call to Atlantic Lottery confirmed he had a ticket worth a million dollars.

The couple has no plans for retirement but Lewis expects to upgrade his 4-wheeler and park a couple of new cars in the driveway. MacKinnon has her heart set on some travel.

While their next destination is up in the air, they’ll never forget the vacation in Prince Edward Island.

Atlantic Lottery is publicly owned by the four Atlantic Provinces. 

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown Atlantic Provinces

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  • Loretta St Peter
    July 12, 2013 - 21:19

    Congratulations...