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After fire destroys family home, couple wins $1M lottery prize

Feb 15, 2018, 10:01 am

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Canada 6/49Canada 6/49: After fire destroys family home, couple wins $1M lottery prizeRating:

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta — A man who has spent the last two years rebuilding his fire-ravaged home can finally finish the project after winning a $1 million lottery jackpot.

Bill Pendergast has spent the last two years rebuilding his home, which burnt down when a wildfire raged through Fort McMurray, Alberta. Now, he is $1 million richer and able to finish restoring his family home thanks to the Atlantic Lottery.

Pendergast, 50, bought the $3 Lotto 6/49 ticket earlier this month when he stopped at the local convenience store in Newfoundland and Labrador on the way to visit his ill father.

"Dad called and asked me to stop on my way back to the hospital and pick him up a cold 7-Up," said Pendergast in a statement from the Atlantic Lottery.

He didn't think much about the ticket he bought until the next day when he was awakened by his aunt, who was in a frenzy.

"'Bill, did you buy a lottery ticket? Someone won a million dollars' she told me," he said.

He pulled out his lottery ticket, checked his numbers against the winning numbers on his phone and couldn't believe what he saw.

"I called my wife, Carrie, in Fort McMurray and she booked a flight immediately," Pendergast said. "This is all like a dream."

Pendergast plans on finishing rebuilding his home and furnishing it, but he does want one special gift.

"I have always wanted a Mustang, and I will finally have one, I'm 100% sure of that."

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United States
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January 22, 2015
2875 Posts

Thanks for posting, don't know if it was from my email suggestion, but it is a great read.

    Raven62's avatar - binary
    New Jersey
    United States
    Member #17842
    June 28, 2005
    155272 Posts

    Congrats: Time to finish rebuilding and move on.

    A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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      dpoly1's avatar - driver
      United States
      Member #66139
      October 16, 2008
      1998 Posts

      My wife said that I am not allowed to burn down the house!

      dpoly1 - Playing the lottery to save the jobs of those that build, transport, sell & maintain luxury items! -


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        music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
        Fresno, California
        United States
        Member #157849
        August 2, 2014
        3959 Posts

        The best part is, TAX-FREE.

         You win a million and you get to keep a million.

         Lump Sum cash. 


         "We are all in this together!" 

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          Member #162427
          January 2, 2015
          2779 Posts

          The best part is, TAX-FREE.

           You win a million and you get to keep a million.

           Lump Sum cash. 


          NICE!!!  Thats the way they should ALL be!

            NJJim's avatar - Lottery-026.jpg
            Bergen County NJ
            United States
            Member #104844
            January 21, 2011
            497 Posts

            Finally, a  happy story associated with winning some dough!

            Seems so simple: three digits, 168 to one odds when boxed... all you have to do is pick the right ones!