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Canadian man wins $16M, then finishes grocery shopping

Feb 8, 2019, 9:38 am

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Calgarian Alfonso Buonomo's first reaction to learning he'd won a Lotto 6/49 windfall was to go grocery shopping.

Now, he can go shopping with $16.3 million, the biggest Lotto 6/49 win in the city in six years.

When Buonomo checked his $4 lottery ticket for the Jan. 2 draw, at the Creekside Co-op gas bar at 11994 Symons Valley Rd. N.W. where he purchased it, he had a hard time believing he was a millionaire many times over.

"I actually thought the prize amount was a bar code number when I first scanned the ticket," he said.

Rather than hurry home with the news, a shocked Buonomo, 38, opted to complete his initial mission for the trip — buying groceries.

Choosing the winning numbers — 13, 18, 19, 36, 37, and 43 — that landed him $16,319,280 won't immediately change his life, said Buonomo, who plans to continue working.

He's even resisted advice from his brother-in-law to purchase a Lamborghini.

"I'd be happy with a new motorcycle and a second vehicle," he said.

Buonomo's score is the largest windfall in Calgary since a $40-million record win in 2013, said Western Canada Lottery spokesman Kevin van Egdom.

"This one had been carried over five or six draws in a row," van Egdom said of the lottery amount that begins at $5 million.

The big winner said he wants to take it slow and ensure he makes the most of his sudden wealth.

"I have a lot to learn about how to manage this much money," said Buonomo.

"I want to be smart, learn how to invest it properly and let it snowball. This is a fresh start for us."

His first move, he said, will be to pay off his mortgage.

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He could have been blinded by greed, but he wasn't!

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    Groceries are important !! Gotta get that done first. Don't want the significant-other upset(learned that lesson along time ago). Sounds as if this gentleman has his act together. Have a wonderful life A.B. and enjoy your wealth Thumbs Up

    Integrity: There is just no substitute.

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      Groceries are important !! Gotta get that done first. Don't want the significant-other upset(learned that lesson along time ago). Sounds as if this gentleman has his act together. Have a wonderful life A.B. and enjoy your wealth Thumbs Up

      Exactly CD. Alphonso checked the ticket, said ," hmm" before stashing it in a section of his wallet & went about his business. Walking through those aisles gave him time to centralize on what he & the Mrs are going to do in the very near future.BTW- have been down that road of " you forgot the milk, didn't you?"

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        Groceries are important !! Gotta get that done first. Don't want the significant-other upset(learned that lesson along time ago). Sounds as if this gentleman has his act together. Have a wonderful life A.B. and enjoy your wealth Thumbs Up

        Congrats on the win!

        CD, it doesn't say anywhere in the article that he is married or has a girlfriend. It only mentions a brother-in-law, but that could be his sister's husband. Plus, the picture is of him alone.

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          Congrats on the win!

          CD, it doesn't say anywhere in the article that he is married or has a girlfriend. It only mentions a brother-in-law, but that could be his sister's husband. Plus, the picture is of him alone.

          Only inclination of a significant other is the very last sentence... a fresh start for us.

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            Only inclination of a significant other is the very last sentence... a fresh start for us.

            That was my thinking BD,well that and the rush right home with the news,2nd vehicle and a motorcycle....Guess he could mean for his sister and her hubby... Still a great start to the New Year

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              Tax-Free in Calgary, Canada! Congrats. 

               "We are all in this together!" 

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                5 or 6 rolls to 16 Million!  I remember when the Michigan game was that good...sigh...

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                  "I actually thought the prize amount was a bar code number when I first scanned the ticket," he said.

                   

                  LOL

                   

                  He's even resisted advice from his brother-in-law to purchase a Lamborghini.

                   

                  Good! This sounds like someone who will be asking for money, so be sure to say no to that as well.

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                    First things first, we’re out of coffee. Can I write a check? Haha

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                      A Lamborghini would a lot of fun zipping along the roads in those Canadian winters.  Yes Nod

                       

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                        "Rather than hurry home with the news, a shocked Buonomo, 38, opted to complete his initial mission for the trip — buying groceries."

                        Very sensible. Even if you have millions of dollars coming in the near future, you still need to eat tomorrow.

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                          When you gotta eat, you gotta eat!