WINNIPEG -- Lady Luck was determined to shine on Dennis Nash.
Approximately 10 months after winning $2,200 after matching up five of six numbers on his Lotto 6/49 ticket, Nash was able to get that all-important sixth number matched up in last Saturday’s draw. As a result, he won more than $8.1 million.
Nash bought his ticket earlier that day from a Mac’s Convenience Store using a collection of important numbers and dates his father used to play. He discovered he had won late Saturday night, when he called a winning numbers telephone line to check the winning numbers.
“The first three sounded familiar,” Nash, who declined a formal press conference, told lottery officials. “Then I started comparing and realized that the first five numbers matched.
“Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the sixth number matched, too. I couldn’t believe it.”
Nash said he tried to remain calm and called a relative, who helped him look at the numbers online. Once they confirmed the numbers, he became excited about his $8.191,994.60 win. A second winning ticket was purchased in Calgary by an unknown winner.
Nash said he plans to pay some bills and take a trip somewhere warm while figuring out what to do with the rest of his winnings.
“I have no big plans right now, but I’d like to help some close family and friends,” he said.
Nash’s win is the 13th largest lotto win in Manitoba history and only the third million-dollar-plus prize to be purchased in this province in 2013.