Retired Ontario couple claims $65 million Lotto Max jackpot

A home, truck and presumably some cows are what James Wickman and his spouse, Eerikka, plan to purchase with their huge $65 million Lotto Max jackpot prize.

The couple from Hearst, Ont., together with 22 members of their household, drove 10 hours to gather their prize on Wednesday morning in Toronto.

“We left at 5 o’clock final evening from Hearst to get right here for eight o’clock this morning,” Wickman mentioned.

Wickman mentioned he was driving when he heard on the radio that the profitable ticket from the Sept. eight draw was offered within the Timiskaming/Cochrane area.

“So, I went house, obtained my ticket, put my scanner [from] my telephone [to the ticket] and it got here up in huge letters on the display screen, no bells and whistles, simply the massive letters,” Wickman mentioned to reporters whereas gathering his cheque on Wednesday. “And it mentioned congratulations, you may have simply gained $65 million.”

When Wickman informed his spouse about hitting the jackpot he mentioned she didn’t consider him. So Wickman went to city to get his ticket verified, and positive sufficient he as soon as once more noticed the massive letters saying he gained.

“I nonetheless didn’t consider him,” Eerikka mentioned laughing. “He’s all the time joking about profitable the lottery.”

James and Eerikka Wickman

The profitable ticket was bought on the Canadian Tire Fuel Bar on Entrance Road in Hearst.

Wickman is a daily lottery participant, shopping for one or two tickets per week.

The most important prize Wickman ever claimed earlier than his Lotto Max win was in 1972 when he gained $5,000 in a fuel station contest.

As for what Wickman and his spouse plan to do with the tens of millions, their primary precedence helps their 4 kids and 11 (quickly to be 12) grandchildren.

“What are we going to do with it? Something we would like,” Wickman mentioned. “Home, truck, automotive, maintain our youngsters joyful, after which for the following $64 million…”

“Investments,” Eerikka added. “I’d like them [children] every to have their very own properties, no debt, schooling fund for his or her youngsters, you understand, that might be good. Whether or not they work or not that’s their selection.”

The couple didn’t say they might splurge on something with their winnings however Eerikka did add that she would possibly purchase some cattle.

“I desire a cow!” Eerikka mentioned enthusiastically. “Properly, I’d prefer to have somewhat pastime farm.”

The retired couple plans to proceed dwelling in Hearst even all through the tough winters.

“We love the snow,” Wickman mentioned. “You may all the time gown hotter within the winter however in the summertime you may solely take a lot off,” he joked.

Since Lotto Max launched in September 2009, gamers have gained over $5.7 billion throughout the province, in response to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Company.