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Roland Tessier won $1 million on the December 23, 2015 LOTTO 6/49 draw. When he received his prize early in the New Year, the Winnipeg resident said he was ready to start hatching a few ideas for his windfall.
"I've always been of the opinion that you don't count your chickens before they're hatched," he said. "Until I had the cheque in my hand, this win was still an egg."
Roland bought his $9 LOTTO 6/49 quick pick ticket from RWR Bison Lottery Kiosk, in Winnipeg. He checked his ticket the morning after the draw - first on the internet, and then at a local store.
Roland won his million dollars on the game's Guaranteed Prize Draw. One of the five Guaranteed Prize Draw winning selections fell within the range on his ticket.
"I checked in on the ticket checker first, so I knew I'd won something big," he remembered. "Then I asked the clerk to check it, and I told her, 'You're going to be surprised.'"
"I didn't have much of a reaction at the time," he said. "But I started to get excited when I knew I was coming to the lottery office to claim the prize."
Roland said he hasn't made any firm plans for his win, but he'll likely invest in some home renovations. The windfall will also give him added financial security, he added.
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