Elderly lottery winner nearly throws CA$1m ticket in bin

Elderly lottery winner nearly throws CA$1m ticket in binElderly lottery winner nearly throws CA$1m ticket in bin

YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T – A 97 year-old man from Northwest Territories of Canada has won $1 million from a lottery ticket he nearly threw away like all his previous losing tickets.

Michel Paper, 97, from Dettah, said that he purchased two Set for Life instant scratch card tickets at a grocery store in Yellowknife. Upon scratching the tickets straight after buying them, Mr. Paper did not think either was a winner and he was on the verge of tearing them up.

Thankfully, the senior citizen decided to check in store whether either ticket was in fact a winner. The store clerk told him ‘You lucky old man, you make [a] million dollars,’

“I’m happy, you know. I say, God, thank you, thank you.” said Paper

The winners son, Frank Paper, was at a doctor’s appointment while his father went to the store to buy the tickets and he was concerned that Michel was still standing at the kiosk after he had returned from the doctor’s. That was when Frank was shown the winning ticket by his father.

Michel Paper has chosen the lump sum payment of $675,000 rather than being paid $1,000 per week for 1,290 weeks. Probably an easy decision considering the winners advanced years.

Mr. Paper said that he hopes to be able to buy a house for his son and two grandchildren and will put the remaining money in a bank account for his grandchildren.

He had been helping to support his son’s family as well as his wife with only his old age pension so this win will lift a great burden for the latest winner of a Set for Life jackpot.



Published: November 16, 2010

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