Nfld. & Labrador

Lottery win will make life less stressful, says Mount Pearl man

A Mount Pearl business owner who pocketed $670,000 from the Atlantic Lottery Corp. this week says the money will make his busy life less stressful.
Brendan O'Connell became emotional when asked how it felt to win such a large sum of money.

A Mount Pearl business owner who pocketed $670,000 from the Atlantic Lottery Corp. this week says the money will make his busy life less stressful.

Brendan O'Connell operates Brendan O'Connell Woodworking Ltd., in the Goulds area of St. John's.

On Oct. 23, he went to Coleman's Food Centre in Mount Pearl to pick up a few food items, and decided to also purchase a Set for Life ticket.

The top prize is $1,000 weekly for 25 years, or a lump sum payment of $670,000.

He scratched the ticket later that evening, and was shocked to discover he was a grand prize winner.

Overcome with emotion

O'Connell choked up during a cheque presentation on Tuesday when asked how it felt to win such a large sum of money.

"Awe. You can't put it into words," he said, briefly turning his back to the cameras, trying to regain his composure.

"Relief," he added.

We do alot of work for two fellows, and now we do it a little more relaxed and (with) a lot less stress, and that's great.- Brendan O'Connell

O'Connell said he works seven days a week, churning out products such as hardwood stairs in his two-person operation.

He plans to invest some of his winnings into his business, and "be wise" with the rest.

"We do a  lot of work for two fellows, and now we do it a little more relaxed and (with) a lot less stress, and that's great," said O'Connell.

O'Connell is the fifth person from this province to win the Set for Life top prize since January, joining previous winners from Petty Harbour, Corner Brook, Carbonear and Conception Bay South.

Over the past three years, 11 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have won the top prize.

O'Connell drew a chorus of laughter when he joked to reporters afterwards that Allan Hawco of the CBC Television show Republic of Doyle "never made this much for one hour in front of the camera."

O'Connell has no plans to retire, but he will try to take some time off after Christmas, he said.

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