$1 million lotto winner hears wedding bells

It's not every day that the ticket checker shows seven digits, so when John Perry checked his Lotto...

It's not every day that the ticket checker shows seven digits, so when John Perry checked his Lotto Max ticket on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 he did a double take. But he had, in fact, won a Maxmillions prize. (HANDOUT)

BRAEDEN JONES, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- It's not every day that the ticket checker shows seven digits, so when John Perry checked his Lotto Max ticket on Wednesday he did a double take.

He knew his was a winner, but was about to leave for the lottery office when he thought he should check out his prize again. "That's when I counted the zeroes," he said.

His unique ticket matched all seven numbers of a Maxmillions draw on March 14, making him the sole beneficiary of the entire $1 million prize.

"I was feeling multiple emotions," he said. "I kept thinking, can this be real?"

His plans with the earnings begin with eliminating his debt, and will be talking to his girlfriend about making use of the money.

"There'll definitely be a wedding as part of those plans."

Perry's chance of winning the Maxmillions was one in 28,633,528. By comparison, a person's chance of being hit by lightning is one in 56,439.

Manitoban households spend on average only $71 a year -- the second-lowest in Canada -- which made Perry's win even more unlikely.

Other provinces are over the $100 per household mark, and Quebec is at the top of the heap spending $253 per household.