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Disabled man wins $37M lottery jackpot

Canada 6/49Canada 6/49: Disabled man wins $37M lottery jackpot
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He's 55 years old, single, with no children, lives in a rooming house, and has been on disability since October.

Oh, and Graham Gelineau is also $37 million richer after winning Saturday's whopping Lotto 6/49 jackpot — the largest single-ticket prize to be claimed in Ontario.

The Toronto man doesn't drive, so he took the subway to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.'s downtown office Monday afternoon to pick up his winnings.

Apart from the money, my life's going to stay pretty much the same," Gelineau said.

"That's what I think, but who knows what the future holds. ... I want to reflect on it and take my time. It's a big responsibility."

Gelineau said he would share the money with family and friends, and donate some to charities.

He also said he no longer plans to work and will move out of the rooming house into an apartment.

But aside from that, he mostly refused to offer details on how he plans to spend his winnings.

"I'll buy a new chess set," he said — but made of wood, not anything elaborate.

Gelineau found out he was a winner when he checked his ticket early Sunday morning.

"When I woke up, the first thing I thought, bizarrely, was to check my numbers," he said.

When he phoned the lottery corporation's automated service to hear the winning numbers, he couldn't believe it. So he hung up and called again just to make sure.

"I checked the numbers again, that's what I did — several times, to be frank."

Gelineau has been buying tickets at the same west-end convenience store for a couple of months since he moved into the area, although he has been playing lotteries off and on for the past 30 years.

When he had his ticket validated at the store where he purchased it, Gelineau said there was a moment of panic when the terminal shut down and special music played to indicate a win exceeding $10,000.

"The owners thought somehow the ticket had destroyed the machine," Gelineau said. "Then they got a call from the lottery office and they explained the situation.

"Never in a million years did I think I'd win this much money. Never. I had a good feeling, but then I do every draw."

Gelineau said he didn't have a system or a set of lucky numbers.

"Just random good guessing, that's all," he said. "No science, no inside knowledge, just random luck.

"You think about it, you envision, you have all kinds of daydreams that you entertain, but to actually win this kind of money and then ... it's a whole different ball game, believe me. A whole different reality."

Canadian Press

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hearsetrax's avatar - 0118

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Posted: June 12, 2007, 8:49 am - IP Logged

lucky bum !! Roll Eyes

Thinking of...

but I wish him well and pray he makes the best of his winnings

    JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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    Posted: June 12, 2007, 9:02 am - IP Logged

    WOW! Beautiful story. Lottery changed his life around!    WTG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

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      Posted: June 12, 2007, 9:36 am - IP Logged

      Congrats Mr. Gelineau! Get solid financial advice and you'll never have to rely on another disability check. Your comment about this being a big responsibilty tells me you're well on your way! I hope your disability doesn't keep you from enjoying your winnings much.

        JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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        Posted: June 12, 2007, 11:08 am - IP Logged

        From reading his comments,  He got a good head on his shoulders. 

         

        Pic of Mr. Gelineau.

        http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070611/lottery_winner_070611/20070611?hub=Canada&s_name=

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          Posted: June 12, 2007, 3:16 pm - IP Logged

          Congratulations to Graham Gelineau for winning $37 million in the lottery.  I hope that he does not come into financial difficulty later into his life.  His eyes must have been "swellin" when he saw the ticket and his feet must have been "Gelin".-weshar75

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            Posted: June 12, 2007, 3:23 pm - IP Logged

            Great story...

            He could afford a house.. but going to an apartment is his choice..

                 OLD/Vtrac   Lottery Bible         Double Warnings      Thumbs Up TN F34/F44

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              Posted: June 12, 2007, 3:23 pm - IP Logged

              With a 37 million dollar jackpot, how much, after all is said and done, do you actually walk away with?

              "If you just keep believing, that dream that you wish will come true"

              Bed

               

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                Posted: June 12, 2007, 3:55 pm - IP Logged

                With a 37 million dollar jackpot, how much, after all is said and done, do you actually walk away with?

                About 21 Million if he chooses cash, then Mr Tax gets his part.  I don't know the tax rates in Canada is but could be left with about 14 million if it was in US.  Not bad at all. 

                 

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                  Posted: June 12, 2007, 7:27 pm - IP Logged

                  Nice story  Lovies

                  love to nibble those micey feet.

                   

                                               

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                    Posted: June 12, 2007, 11:28 pm - IP Logged

                    With a 37 million dollar jackpot, how much, after all is said and done, do you actually walk away with?

                    ALL OF IT! No taxes on lottery in Canada on any level.

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                      Posted: June 14, 2007, 8:54 am - IP Logged

                      ALL OF IT! No taxes on lottery in Canada on any level.

                      That is cool. I am happy to read a story where the winner was a regular and actually picked his own numbers. The last time I read a story like this one was about Brad Duke.

                      voir-vous dans mes reves!Cool

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                        Posted: June 14, 2007, 9:03 am - IP Logged

                        ALL OF IT! No taxes on lottery in Canada on any level.

                        Wow!!!  That is like winning $60 Million here in the US!

                         

                         

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                          Posted: June 14, 2007, 3:46 pm - IP Logged

                          I hope that is just press conference mumbo-jumbo. If you move into an apartment and rent with that kind of money, you are an idiot and a waste of the jackpot. You life does change after winning the lottery, and it should change drastically for the BETTER. Not to continue "just getting by."

                          There is nothing wrong with modest spending, but let's not get ridiculous. When you beat those kind of odds you owe it to yourself to at least live it up some, otherwise winning and beating such high odds was all for nothing. But like I said I doubt that is his actual plans. He is just trying to seem as "boring" as possible hopefully.

                          I know for a fact I would not being paying some idiot landlord rent if I was sitting on $60 million.

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                            Posted: June 17, 2007, 6:12 pm - IP Logged

                            I hope that is just press conference mumbo-jumbo. If you move into an apartment and rent with that kind of money, you are an idiot and a waste of the jackpot. You life does change after winning the lottery, and it should change drastically for the BETTER. Not to continue "just getting by."

                            There is nothing wrong with modest spending, but let's not get ridiculous. When you beat those kind of odds you owe it to yourself to at least live it up some, otherwise winning and beating such high odds was all for nothing. But like I said I doubt that is his actual plans. He is just trying to seem as "boring" as possible hopefully.

                            I know for a fact I would not being paying some idiot landlord rent if I was sitting on $60 million.

                            Hey, if that's what makes him happy, that's ok by me.