Robert Leggett, shown here Friday with his wife Patricia, bought his winning Set for Life lottery ticket on Jan. 25. ((Jillian Pavlin/CBC) )

Lots of people fantasize about winning the lottery and quitting their job, but one man in Moose Jaw, Sask., did it the other way around.

Earlier this month, Robert Leggett was food and beverage manager at the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa, but he quit his job and put in his final day last Thursday.

Two days later, he bought a $5 scratch-and-win ticket.

The Set for Life ticket stayed in his pocket for five days before he checked it. Turned out he was $1 million richer.

Robert's wife Patricia said when she got his excited call, she thought he'd had an accident.

"I thought, 'He's in the emergency ward. I've got to go to the hospital,'" she said. "He said, 'We've won the lottery,' and I said 'No, stop messing about, be serious.'"

The Leggetts, who recently came to Canada from England, said they'll be sharing their winnings with family.

Robert said he planned to give his wife a new engagement ring to replace one that was stolen 25 years ago.

The woman who sold him the lucky ticket at a Shoppers Drug Mart in Moose Jaw will be getting a nice gift as well, he said.