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Regina resident wins record $70 million Lotto Max jackpot

The lucky recipient of the biggest lottery prize ever won in Western Canada now resides in Regina, Saskatchewan. However, that’s not where he bought the ticket.

“I just sat there marveling, you know. I don’t really know what to do when you look at your phone and it tells you this number,” Dale McEwen said.

On the day of the April Lotto Max jackpot draw, McEwen was on his way to British Columbia for a ski trip. When he stopped in Dunmore, Alta., to refuel, he decided to buy some last-minute lottery tickets, something he’s been doing for years. The next day, while waiting for dinner, he casually decided to check those tickets.

“So I ticked that one off and it was a $2 winner. You know the usual one and ticked off the other one and it says, hey, it looks like a winner. A $70 million winner and ( i) sat there stunned for a while and didn’t know what to do so i quickly took a screenshot and then went to tell christie and figured out if it was real or not and what to do,” McEwen said.

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Facing an April Fool’s draw, Regina residents wanted to make sure their newfound fortune wasn’t some twisted joke.

“Disbelief, obviously, but I could tell straight away that Dale wasn’t kidding just by the look on his face and his reaction. Then it’s just kind of a blur,” said the Dale’s wife, Christie McEwen.

The $70 million jackpot is the largest ever won in Western Canada. The previous Saskatchewan Lottery winning record was $60 million. The province has now won a lottery in six consecutive months since October 2, 2021, but everyone wants to know: what will the McEwens buy with their winnings?

“We have a few little things and stuff we want to do, but no big plans. We’re pretty lucky anyway, so do a few things to enjoy life and maybe travel a bit more, help out our families a bit if we can,” Christie said.

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“We already have plans to help parents, siblings and that sort of thing. Like I said, we’ve had three weeks to digest this and figure out what we’re doing,” echoed Dale.

Dale isn’t sure exactly what he will buy, but he knew his plans when asked if he intended to stay in the trucking industry.

“Not particularly, no. No, it’s going to be an early release of that. I’ve been doing this for 28 years, but it’s definitely time to get out of it I guess,” he said with a laugh.

McEwen’s winning numbers of 7, 10, 18, 29, 38, 43, and 50 had no significant personal significance, but rather came from a quick pick.

“I keep joking it takes my breath away because I don’t know how it can ramp up for four or five weeks and build and build and build and only have one winning ticket. always gets upset when that happens. Like how can there be a winning ticket? But I’m glad there was,” Dale said.

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Like any surprise of this nature, the life-changing money was hard to digest.

“You think when you’re joking at work, oh, I’ll do this and this and that, but when reality hits and your mind is just a fog of what’s going on, those thoughts just go out the window. right away because you don’t know how to deal with it,” Dale admitted.

“Once it hits you and you realize how much you have and what you can do, it’s just mind blowing. I can’t even describe it.

But will McEwen continue to play the lottery even with his new fortune?

“Well, how about a guy. You have to do it,” he said with a smile.

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