Nova Scotia

Halifax couple wins Lotto 6/49

A Halifax couple took home $1 million Tuesday because they're the latest winners of Lotto 6/49.

Joanne and Allan Singer plan to take 1st vacation outside Canada

Joanne and Allan Singer won $1 million in Lotto 6/49. (CBC)

A Halifax couple took home $1 million Tuesday because they're the latest winners of Lotto 6/49.

"It's a real surreal experience. You always think you're going to know how you're going to feel or act or whatever. It's just totally overwhelming and awesome," said Joanne Singer.

Her husband Allan Singer bought the lottery ticket last week on what turned out to be lucky leap day. He checked the numbers the next day in the paper.

"It's a ritual, before I check my numbers, I put my thumb over it so I can't see them and I do them one at a time. Usually I lose the very first number," Allan Singer told CBC News.

Since they learned of their new-found fortune, Joanne Singer decided to quit her job at Sears and retire alongside her husband.

"It was time, and I want to spend some time with my husband and my grandchildren," she said.

They've already got big plans for their big payout.

They'll spend the time and winnings renovating their home in Fairview.

They will also share some of their winnings with their family and donate some of it to charity.

And they're planning a cruise — their first vacation.

"I think they definitely have to take a cruise," said Erin Singer, the couple's daughter. "They've never travelled outside of Canada. They never had a honeymoon. So this is long overdue. It's time."