Alberta couple wins $22-million jackpot
CTV.ca News Staff
Published Friday, November 19, 2010 4:25PM EST
Alberta lottery winner Lawayne Musslewhite has one advice for wannabe millionaires after winning the $22 million jackpot: Buy some pickles.
On his way home from work last Saturday, the 54 year-old Fort Saskatchewan resident went to Sobeys to purchase a jar of pickles and later discovered he was the winner of the province's fourth largest Lotto Max jackpot.
"I didn't pick numbers, I just filled in the squares and that's how I won," Musslewhite said at a press conference at Alberta's Gaming and Liquor Commission headquarters yesterday.
"I've been living my dream in the last year and this is just going to make it better, a lot better," said the new millionaire.
Musslewhite retired a year ago after years in the oil patch and is now the proud owner of the Northgate Coin and Stamp store in north Edmonton. He has no intentions of quitting his job.
His wife, Marrilyn Hodgkinson, said things have not changed in their home life since the win.
"Just this morning, she was cleaning the bathroom," said Musslewhite.
"Well someone has to do it," Hodgkinson said with a laugh.
The couple have no intention of leaving Fort Saskatchewan and will spend the money to help out family members, and buy a new house with a French door refrigerator and dishwasher. Hodgkinson also hopes to open a restaurant.
"We're going to make sure everyone is taken care of," he said.
In the meantime, the couple plans on vacationing to Phoenix to visit family members.
With a report from CTV Edmonton's Susan Amerongen