Bay Roberts couple win $2M on scratch ticket

Wayne and Mary Hiltz of Bay Roberts are the latest lotto millionaires in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Low-income couple purchase a car to replace their bicycle

Wayne Hiltz of Bay Roberts and wife Mary are 'rags to riches' with a $2-million scratch ticket 8:09

Wayne and Mary Hiltz of Bay Roberts are the latest lotto millionaires in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Wayne Hiltz bought a $20 winning scratch ticket Thursday afternoon at Powell's Supermarket, after finding out that his usual brand of cigarettes was out of stock.

Soon after, grocery manager Sylvia Rose recalled, a surprised Hiltz came back to confirm that he had just hit the $2-million jackpot.

"Well, everybody was so excited, everybody was screaming — of course — and shouting and clapping," said Rose. "So excited for the gentleman."

'The man on the bicycle'

The Hiltzes had been living on government support in a small, low-income apartment complex.

Wayne Hiltz had been known around town as "the man on the bicycle" because he couldn't afford a car. 

But on Tuesday afternoon, he was at the Bay Roberts Ford dealership, getting a fast, new car —a Shelby Cobra.

"I'm taking that old bike, and I'm going to hang it in my garage, remind me where I was and where I am," said Hiltz.   

The official cheque presentation is scheduled for Thursday at Powell's Supermarket.