A Vancouver Island man says his entire life has changed after he recently won a $1 million lottery prize.
Frederick Pelletier, of Courtenay, learned of his lottery win after arriving at the Departure Bay Ferry terminal in Nanaimo earlier this summer.
While his wife was in the car, he decided to stop into the Nanaimo Quay Market to have a coffee and check his ticket from the Aug. 2 Lotto 6/49 draw.
After learning of his win, he brought his wife into the market to check his ticket as well.
“She called me a liar,” he said in a release Wednesday.
He now plans to use some of his winnings to support his son and to travel.
“[This win] will change my son’s life,” he said.
“We have thought about taking trips, now the things we discussed are more in reach.”
Pelletier says he also plans to invest some of the money, though he hasn’t fully decided what to do with all the winnings yet.
“It has still not sunk in!” he noted.
Pelletier bought his winning ticket on the Island at the Shell gas station at Island Highway and Headquarters Road in Courtenay.