Alberta couple pickle $22M lotto win

$22 million Lotto Max winners Marrilyn Hodgkinson, left, and Lawayne Musslewhite speak to the media...

$22 million Lotto Max winners Marrilyn Hodgkinson, left, and Lawayne Musslewhite speak to the media after claiming their lottery prize at the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission headquarters in St. Albert, Alberta on November 18, 2010. (PERRY MAH/QMI Agency)

JASMINE FRANKLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:38 AM ET

EDMONTON - Lawayne Musselwhite went into Sobeys last Friday for a jar of pickles and came out with $22 million.

"Since we have won the lottery, I think we have spent $68," laughed Musselwhite. "We are still (who) we are. It's just money.

"We are going to make sure everyone is looked after."

Musselwhite, 54, and Marrilyn Hodgkinson of Fort Saskatchewan humbly teared up Thursday afternoon while talking about their $22,292,309.80 win.

On the way home from work, Musselwhite stopped to pick up a jar of pickles where he also purchased his first batch of LottoMax tickets in months. Three of the tickets he picked numbers himself and three were Quick Picks.

One of the tickets in which he randomly selected numbers was the lucky winner.

"I only (saw) six numbers (when I was checking them) and I'm saying, 'Marrilyn, Marrilyn!' She's saying 'Whhaaatt?' I said we won 1000,000 I think. The light came on when I saw all seven numbers and I knew I won it," smiled Musselwhite.

Just to be sure, Hodgkinson made phone calls to see if the couple needed the bonus - indeed, they didn't.

"We're going to do a lot of things - help a lot of family members," said Musselwhite. "We want to make sure everyone is taken care of the rest of their lives."

One of the first purchases on the to-do list, will be Hodgkinson's first-ever dishwasher.

"I've never owned (one)," she said smiling.

Musselwhite, owner of Northgate Coin and Stamp, retired one year ago and started his dream job at the shop. This, he says, will only make life better.

"Disappear for awhile and think about things and come back and make decisions," said Musselwhite.

Though the pair plan to vacation in Phoenix to visit family, Musselwhite has no plans to quit his job.

"We can buy some nice stuff for the store and expand the store and do what we want to do," he said.

The couple also plans to buy a house in Fort Saskatchewan equipped with a fridge that has an icemaker, and put his dream car - a 1965 Shelby Cobra - in the drive way.

Musselwhite said the pair has already spoken with financial advisors and banks. He had one piece of advice to offer.

"Go out and buy pickles," he laughed.

jasmine.franklin@sunmedia.ca