Canada Lotto 649 jackpot winner William Perry (left), of Pickering, Ontario, with his son Sean Perry in Toronto. PHOTO: Kevin Connor/Postmedia Network
It's every golfer's dream - to cross the country playing every course on the map.
Lotto 649 winner William 'Bud' Perry, 77, is going to hit the best greens in every province now that he is $30 million richer, he told Canoe.com news.
"I play golf with a great bunch of friends and would love to take my game to the best courses in every single province and territory," Perry said Wednesday at the Pantages Hotel in Toronto while collecting his prize.
"It may not improve my swing, but it will be a lot of fun. It's easier for me to win the lottery than get a hole in one."
The lotto winner said he initially checked his ticket online but needed a friend to come over and double check the numbers because he couldn't believe it. The pair of friends then had a store clerk examine it as well.
"You know, I never played Lotto 6/49 for the win. I always played for the dream," Perry said. "It's going to take me a little time to really wrap my head around all that has just happened."
Although he has a country-wide golfing trip to look forward to, the retired senior said he's most pleased about being able to provide for his family now.
The retired crane operator is also an inventor, with several ideas he would like to develop for the construction industry now that he has the finances.
"Now I have the money to see my projects come to fruition," he said. But first he plans to share the money with his two children and three grandchildren.
"My wife was my best friend and my children and grandchildren are my life. I’m not the mushy type, but my family is my No. 1 priority," Perry said.
"It fills me with joy to be able to take care of them ... I've got enough to get me in the ground."
Bud's son Sean said his father is a very generous man and will help many.
“You think you can put this into words when it happens, but you truly can't believe it," Sean said. "It's a nice problem to have."