George Speck of Alert Bay has claimed the $3.5 million he won playing Lotto 6/49.
And Speck says he will share his bounty with his wife and kids, and his tiny village off Northern Vancouver Island will also benefit.
Speck bought the ticket for the March 19, 2016 draw on a whim.
“I actually forgot about the ticket until word was spreading there was a winner from Alert Bay,” said Speck. “So I checked the ticket online and saw I had all the numbers. I just froze!”
He says the money will help fund his retirement and he intends to share the wealth with his five children.
In the short term, Speck plans to buy a new truck for himself and a small fishing boat for his wife, Bethany.
They plan to serve their small community with these purchases.
“I’ll use the truck to go hunting for meat, and Bethany will fish with the boat,” smiled Speck. “We look out for people in our village and this means we can feed people.”
The winning ticket was purchased at the Alert Bay Drug Store.
Alert Bay has fewer than 1,300 people.
It’s located on Cormorant Island, home to the ‘Namgis First Nation.