Nova Scotia

Snack Shack lotto winners settle into millionaire status

The shock has begun to wear off for a handful of women working at the Snack Shack in Kentville, N.S. who each won $3 million on a lottery ticket six weeks ago.

From charitable donations to vacations, 'Snack Shack Girls' begin to spend their lottery winnings

Five of the six $15.2-million lottery winners from a Kentville diner are all smiles as they pick up their cheque. (CBC)

The shock has begun to wear off for a handful of women working at the Snack Shack in Kentville, N.S. who each won $3 million on a lottery ticket six weeks ago.

Now, most of the ladies have hired lawyers and financial planners to ensure their winnings last as long as possible.

One of the six winners, Valerie Archer, has decided to keep the modest home in which she grew up. She has hired a crew to install new windows and winterize the building.

"Anybody who knows me knows I am not going to change. I’m still the same me, I still go to Frenchys shopping and the Giant Tiger is my second home," she said

Archer has given away some of her money to family. One of the ladies used some of her winnings to help send a friend to Toronto for a double lung transplant.

Most of the "Snack Shack Girls," as they're known in Kentville, are buying new cars and homes.

Wafaa Toulany and her husband Sami are selling the diner where the winning ticket was bought.

Valerie Archer is spending some of her winnings to put some work into the family home in which she grew up. (CBC)

"We were okay before but of course it helps, more money don't hurt nobody. We are going to move but we are staying in the valley though, we love the valley," he said.

The restaurant closed its doors in early August.

Malcolm Phinney is one of the regulars who misses the Snack Shack's home cooking.       

"We’re hoping it will be reopened, which I think it will be. That will be nice," he said.

Archer is still pinching herself, in spite of the marriage proposals she has received.

"And the guy said, ‘I suppose I’m kind of late now. I didn’t propose — would you think about it?’ and I said ‘No,’" said Archer with a smile.

"It’s like I keep waking up thinking 'Do I work today? Oh no, I don't work.'"

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