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Saskatchewan man claims $1M lottery prize

Ken Frank , a million-dollar Lotto 6-49 winner from Saskatchewan, waited two months to claim his prize so as not to upstage an important family event.
Ken Frank , a million-dollar Lotto 6-49 winner from Saskatchewan, waited two months to claim his prize so as not to upstage an important family event. sasklotteries.ca / Supplied

HUMBOLDT, Sask. – A Humboldt, Sask. man had a million reasons to celebrate two months ago but a good reason to keep it a secret – even from his wife. Ken Frank wanted to ensure an important family event went off without a hitch.

“My daughter was getting married, and I didn’t want to take away any of the attention,” explained Frank.

Frank bought his ticket from a Humboldt Shoppers Drug Mart the Oct. 15 Lotto 6-49. When he checked his ticket the next day, Frank saw he won a free-play. Then he looked at the guaranteed $1-million prize number.

“I looked at it four or five times. I put it away, came back and looked again. I did that for three or four days straight. It was shock, disbelief.”

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The ticket was stored under a writing pad on his desk until he was ready to claim his prize. He planned to surprise his wife with news of the windfall over a special pre-Christmas dinner.

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“It wasn’t made to stay a secret forever.”

Frank said he’ll likely put his winnings towards travelling, and home renovations. There’s also the possibly he will restore a vehicle, something Frank said he’s always wanted to do.