Ron Chan and Don Reed buy lottery tickets together each week, alternating between games.
Their choice of WESTERN 649 for the January 28th draw turned into a million-dollar deal for the two from Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Although LOTTO MAX™ had a Jackpot of $50 Million plus MAXMILLIONS™ that week, the friends decided on a 7-Number WESTERN 649 Combo lottery ticket instead. The two explained that they don’t really have a method in choosing the game they play each week – they just get together, decide on a game and buy their ticket.
Ron and Don purchased their ticket from Ron’s place of business – Chan’s Central Grocery, located at 182 West Broadway in their home town. Ron explained, “The evening of the draw, I had my son read me the winning numbers off of the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) website while I checked them against our ticket. I said, “I think we got six numbers!” I questioned my son, asking if he was sure he read them correctly, and he said yes! Then I went on the computer to check and there was only one winner, in Saskatchewan. I had my son call Don as I was too excited – to put it mildly,” Ron chuckled.
“Ron’s son phoned at 10:51 p.m. and said that his Dad and I had won $1 Million. I said, “Aww, come on,” and hung up. I really didn’t believe him. About 10 minutes later I called him back,” added Don.
The ticket matched all six numbers to win $1 Million. As the ticket was a Combination Play ticket, it won an additional $3,000 in subsidiary prizes, bringing the friends’ total winnings to $1,003,000. Ron said this win will allow him to retire a little sooner than he thought, and enjoy a vacation. Don, on the other hand, said he hasn’t thought too far ahead yet but knows the money will help with some priority expenses.