Shy Alberta Man Wanted Birth Control Pills, Got $50 Million Lottery Jackpot Instead

Raymond and Sheena Scott are presented with their check by Bill Robinson, president of the Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission.

It wasn't the result Ray Scott was expecting when he visited his local Mini Mart.

He was there with his wife getting a prescription when he discovered he had won Canada's Lotto MAX jackpot of $50 million.

"We had to go get birth control," said Raymond Scott, glancing at his wife, Sheena, reported CBC News.

It was there, while his wife was in the back of the M&M Mini Mart, that Scott checked his Lotto Max tickets and discovered he had just won.

"Raymond, I've got to tell you," said Bill Robinson, president of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission as he presented the check. "I've been doing this a long time. That's the first time I've ever heard that line."

A prize of that size would change anyone's life.

And the Scotts, perhaps more than most, were due for some good luck.

"I just actually had surgery," Raymond said, "actually a year ago today. For cancer stuff."

He didn't elaborate. But he did talk about a life filled with struggles.

"We were both kind of like the working poor our wholes lives," he said.

The couple lives in Fort Kent, Alta., a hamlet of 220 people about 250 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

Scott, 38, said he bought the Lotto Max tickets for the Aug. 7 draw in nearby Ardmore.


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