A lottery winner is the new owner of a pristine wilderness area in northern Cape Breton.

Matthew Moore, who won almost $15 million in a June 2006 Lotto 6/49 draw, has the deed to two parcels of land at Pollets Cove, according toNova Scotia'sland information office.

Mooreis from Pleasant Bay, near the wilderness area on the Cabot Trail, which is popular with hikers and kayakers.

"We are very encouraged that somebody local that appreciates the land for what it represents historically and geologically … is the new owner," said Mateo Yorke, with the group Friends of Pollets Cove.

The group's biggest fear was that a developer would buy the property, Yorke said.

It's not known how much Moore paid for the land, but it was listed for sale at $1.6 million.

The owners wanted the province to buy the property. But the asking price was too high, the government said, while acknowledgingit would be a good fit for the province's protected wilderness areas.