'This is my job': B.C. man back to work one day after $22M win
Published Wednesday, February 24, 2016 7:55AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 24, 2016 7:56AM EST
A Kelowna, B.C. heavy equipment instructor may be $22 million richer, but he says he has no plans to quit his day job.
Rob Goertzen was back to work bright and early on Tuesday morning, just one day after collecting his jackpot cheque from the B.C. Lottery Corporation.
"(I was) up at 5 a.m., made my breakfast, and out the door at 5:40 a.m. and on the road," Goertzen told CTV Vancouver.
The 44-year-old discovered he won Saturday's Lotto 649 draw when he scanned his ticket at a grocery store on Sunday.
"All of the sudden it popped up, 'Winner, $21.9'" he said. "I jumped up in the air!"
Goertzen and his girlfriend, Jobina Young, collected the prize cheque the next day. But the couple say they're determined not to let the money change who they are, and how they live their lives.
"It's crazy, but we talked about it when we found out that we had the winning ticket," Young said. "We're going to stay the same, so 'same' is work."
Young, who works for the same company as Goertzen, was also back at the construction site on Tuesday.
The couple say they hope to buy a new truck and build a new home, but beyond that they don't have any extravagant plans for spending their newfound fortune.
Goertzen credits his work and his boss with helping him through tough times, and says he intends to stick around to return the favour.
"Don't get me wrong, I'm going to take longer holidays," he said, laughing. "But I'm going to be here. This is my job."
With files from CTV Vancouver