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Grandmother calls in sick after $8.4 million lottery win

Canada 6/49Canada 6/49: Grandmother calls in sick after $8.4 million lottery win
Vera Blondeau from Manitoba, Canada phoned in sick to her cashier's job Tuesday so she could cash in her lottery ticket worth CA$8.4 million (US$6.6 million).

Blondeau, 62, said she hasn't been eating or sleeping very well since she checked her 6/49 numbers against the winning combination in Sunday's paper and found they all matched.

"Oh, I'm very nervous," Blondeau, 62, said as she and husband Jim, 70, faced the press for the official announcement in a downtown hotel.

"It hasn't sunk in yet."

Jim didn't believe her at first.

"She told me she'd won the Big One. I told her, 'Ahhh. You're crazy.'"

The couple said they're quitting their jobs - he's a security guard - but apart from looking after their family, they have humble plans for the windfall.

Jim said he would like to do one thing he's never done before.

"I've always wanted to sit in a barber's chair in a barbershop and get my hair cut," he said, explaining that he's cut his own hair all his life.

Blondeau, who has two grown children and three teenaged grandchildren, said she couldn't bring to mind anything special she wanted to do for herself.

For the last 25 years, they've lived in Winnipeg, and they plan to stay in the same house.

"We're going to be the same. We're not going to be snotty," Jim said.

There have been 83 millionaires made in Manitoba from lottery wins of $1 million or more since 1980.

Canadian Press

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Posted: May 26, 2005, 3:37 pm - IP Logged

Can you imagine how a cheap guy who has cut his own hair his whole life is going to handle $6.5 million dollars?! 

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    Posted: May 26, 2005, 3:41 pm - IP Logged

    he'll probably still work his job....

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      Posted: May 29, 2005, 7:51 pm - IP Logged

      I'd call in sick too. I would actually be afraid to outright quit till the money was in the bank. I've heard of misprints. "We're going to be the same." I don't think!

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        Posted: May 31, 2005, 9:28 am - IP Logged

        wow,,,,, a 70 year old security guard. 

        "Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields                      


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          Posted: June 2, 2005, 12:41 pm - IP Logged

          Hurray!

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            Posted: June 25, 2005, 4:15 am - IP Logged

            i'd call in sick...FOREVER