Retired casino workers celebrate big lottery win
A retired couple from Corner Brook say they are overwhelmed to know that they may soon never make another rent payment, after winning a Set For Life prize from Atlantic Lotto.
Mary Beaudoin and Peter O'Quinn scratched off an Atlantic Lottery Set for Life ticket and won the prize, which ordinarily pays $1,000 per week for the next 25 years.
Having retired and moved back to Newfoundland three years ago to care for Beaudoin's mother, they opted instead for a lump sum payment of $675,000.
Beaudoin, 68, and O'Quinn, 74, had worked at a casino in Windsor, Ont., where they often saw others take away large prizes.
"I see other people win and you say, 'Oh, one of these days, one of these days — it's going to be our turn," Beaudoin told reporters. "It's here now and it's still, 'It really happened.' "
O'Quinn and Beaudoin, who are currently renting their home, say they intend to pay off bills, get a new car and then look for a house to buy.
Overcome with emotion
O'Quinn was overcome with emotion as he described how their financial circumstances have changed.
"Her car is practically on its last leg. I hate to get rid of it, but we had it for 14 years," he told reporters, before becoming choked up and unable to finish his thought.
Beaudoin embraced him, and said, "Don't you dare, don't you dare. This is happy."
Beaudoin said they do not plan to change their lifestyle otherwise, and added she will continue to shop at Wal-Mart and a local dollar store.
Together for 35 years but never married, O'Quinn said there may be a wedding in the future.