The Placentia Bay couple who stepped forward last week to claim a $30-million lottery prize say they hope the money won't change them, and that they felt they had already won life's jackpot.
"We had a very rich lifestyle before – we were blessed with good health, blessed with good family, friends, coworkers. I really enjoyed what I was doing," said Gordon Collins, a retired pharmacist who claimed the prize with his wife, Betty, on Thursday, ending days of speculation.
Gordon Collins told CBC News he wonders what the sudden win will mean.
"I don't think we're going to be able to live the lifestyle we had before," he said. "And I'm leaving that and I'm going into unchartered waters."
Gordon said that other than a trip, they have yet to make any big plans for the money.
"Right now, in the immediate future, we're going to go down to Ontario and visit some friends and family, and then we're probably going to head down south somewhere for a while," he said.
After the stormy weather clears up, that is. Gordon said the weather that has hit Newfoundland over the last week is something he will not be dealing with next time.
"[We'll go] to some place where they don't know what a snow shovel looks like."
Winning was a shock for couple
While the couple are starting to realize that their winnings are a reality, it was a shock for them when they first realized they had won the largest jackpot in Newfoundland and Labrador's history.
"'No, no, it couldn't be – it can't be.' That's what I was thinking," Betty said.
"It's just so unreal – I mean, you can't find a word to say what you felt, really."
The couple plans to spend most of their time here in the province.
"We are very ordinary people [to whom] something very extraordinary has happened," Gordon said.