CALGARY – An Albertan who won a $15.8-million share in a record Canadian lottery prize has his wife to thank for making him buy the ticket.
Chad Klepaychuk from the Calgary bedroom community of Okotoks (OH’-kah-TOHKS) says he had at first planned to buy a ticket for the Lotto 6-49 on April 13.
He changed his mind while driving to his brother’s house just hours before the draw.
But his wife urged him to make the effort, so he stopped at a convenience store and purchased five quick picks.
Turns out Klepaychuk had one of four winning tickets to the $64.4-million jackpot.
The other three winners were in British Columbia.
“We were watching the news the next morning, and they said there was a winner in Alberta, and showed the numbers,” Klepaychuk said Wednesday at a news conference.
“I checked the ticket and saw we had all the numbers. I was in complete disbelief.”
Klepaychuk said he waited a couple of weeks before coming forward because he wanted the reality of his win to set in.
“I needed to wrap my head around what it meant.”
He and his wife are still considering their future, but he’s already imagining where he wants to be when the weather turns cold again.
“Maybe a condo on the ocean somewhere.”