Assuming they hadn’t won $18M, a St. John’s couple delayed checking their ticket. They were wrong
Couple plans to retire early, take care of family after big win
Nicole Parsons and Francois-Xavier Morency heard the news of a large lottery win in St. John’s but waited to check their ticket because they wanted to keep the dream of winning alive.
“The sooner I go check it, the sooner I will know I’m not the winner, so I’m just going to hold on to it for a little longer,” Parsons said in a news release Tuesday.
In this case, though, the dream didn’t end when they checked their ticket — the winner of an $18.2-million Lotto 6/49 jackpot.
After watching the eyes of the two gas station employees who scanned the ticket light up, Parsons said she was told she might want to sit down for what they had to say next.
“They just slid the paper across the counter, and I looked at it.… I didn’t know if I was going to cry, if I was going to hyperventilate because I had a mask on,” she said, laughing. “I was in disbelief when I found out it was a major winner.”
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During the presentation of their winning cheque Tuesday, the couple said they plan to use the money to take care of their families, travel and buy a condo in Quebec City to be able to visit Morency’s family more often.
Parsons, a human resources manager who volunteers as a board member at Choices for Youth, and Morency, who works in the shipping industry, also plan to retire early.
“With this amount of money and the current situation, there are other families who need our jobs so they can go back to work,” Morency said. “We no longer need that work, so professionally we can step aside and make sure two other people that need them have a job.”
With files from Mark Quinn
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Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem.Nicole Parsons and Francois-Xavier Morency heard the news of a large lottery win in St. John's but waited to check their ticket because they wanted to keep the dream of winning alive.
The province’s newest multi-millionaires were revealed at the Alt Hotel in downtown St. John’s this afternoon.
Rumours had been flying since Atlantic Lotto confirmed the lone winning ticket for the September 12 649 draw had been bought in St. John’s.
First it was believed to a group of nurses, then there was word of an electrician taking top prize, but in the end it was a couple who came forward to claim the second-largest jackpot in the province’s history: $18,243,990.
(Photo courtesy Atlantic Lottery.)
The winners are Nicole Parsons—a human resources manager—and Francois-Xavier Morency, who is a manager with a local shipping company.
It was Nicole who bought the ticket with random numbers at the Circle K Irving on Frecker Drive in the city’s west end.
Parsons says she put off checking her tickets because she wanted to put off the disappointment of not winning. But after three days of waiting, she went back to the same Circle K only to find she was the major prize winner.
The couple, who have no children of their own, plan to look after family—nieces and nephews and parents first. They also plan to buy a condo in Quebec to make it easier to visit Morency’s family there.
They’re also avid outdoorsy-types, so they foresee a lot more camping, hiking, and fishing in their future with plans for early retirement.The province's newest multi-millionaires were revealed at the Alt Hotel in downtown St. John's this afternoon…. ]]>