Nova Scotia

Dartmouth couple winners of $15M lotto

A lucky couple from Dartmouth is $15 million richer, after winning one of the biggest jackpots ever given by Atlantic Lottery.
Mike and Audrey Myrick won $15 million in Lotto 6-49. (CBC)

A lucky couple from Dartmouth is $15 million richer, after winning one of the biggest jackpots ever given by Atlantic Lottery.

 

Mike and Audrey Myrick said they will donate some of their Lotto 6-49 money for the education of young people.

The retired couple in their mid-60s have been playing the lottery twice a week for the last 20 years.

Mike Myrick, the former vice-president of finance for IMP Group Limited, has already used the money to buy a couple of all-terrain vehicles, and he also plans to buy several cars.

"We've got a bunch of bills, like everybody does — they're going to disappear really fast. We've got a 12-year-old car and a 13-year-old truck. I think they've run out, so I think we've got a couple of vehicles in our future," he said.

Myrick said he was stunned when he found out about the big win.

"I'm a money guy, that's what I did for other people. That's easy. But, from here on, I'm doing it for myself and that becomes a little scary," he said.

He told his wife while she was at the beauty parlor.

Audrey Myrick said she "hyperventilated" upon hearing the news.

"Oh, it was really a shock. I couldn't believe it," she said.

Waleed Chidiac, who helped Mike Myrick check the ticket at his convenience store, was overwhelmed by the win.

"I checked the second ticket, and I was in shock that he might actually have the winner, and as I checked the second ticket I put it in the machine and the machine went crazy," Chidiac said.

"It was a pretty surreal moment when he won, and I pretty much jumped over the counter in excitement for him because I've known him for such a long time." 

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