$1M lottery win no reason for Sask. school bus driver to retire

Saskatchewan’s newest lottery winner Patricia Desjarlais has been at it for three decades and now has a million reasons to keep playing. Brent McGillivray / Global News

SASKATOON – It still hasn’t quite sunk in, according to Saskatchewan’s newest millionaire. Patricia Desjarlais won the Western Lotto Max draw on March 6 and isn’t planning on making any crazy purchases – yet.

She was visiting her son in Calgary when she checked her ticket at a convenience store.

“I thought it was five zeros and I thought I knew there was a Saskatchewan winner for a $100,000 and I thought ‘Am I the $100,000 winner?’ and I stuck the ticket back in the ticket checker and oh that’s six zeros and a one … Oh my God, it’s a million dollars,” said Desjarlais.

She convinced her son then drove home to Kindersley, Sask. to cash the ticket.

The lucky numbers she used were 5, 9, 16, 26, 31, 38 and 42. Desjarlais has used the same numbers for three decades, although she had to add one when it turned into the Super 7.

Story continues below advertisement

Desjarlais bought her winning $1,000,000 ticket at the Co-op gas station at 701 11th Avenue East in Kindersley.

READ MORE: Saskatchewan man claims $1M lottery prize

Despite the win, Desjarlais likes to stay busy and won’t be leaving her two jobs any time soon. She drives a school bus and is a courier for Purolator.

She’s heard of other lottery victors winning more than once and will continue to buy lottery tickets in the future.

“I’ve always said I’m going to win the lottery, I just didn’t know when,” she said with a chuckle at the Saskatchewan Lotteries office in Saskatoon Tuesday.

The grandmother plans to save for retirement, take some trips and share with her family.

“I don’t need something right now, I’m just going to hand it over to my banker and just let it sit for a bit and kind of take it all in, maybe a nice little trip at Easter,” said Desjarlais.

Saskatchewan Lotteries is reminding people that Wednesday’s Lotto 6-49 jackpot is $14 million.

Sponsored content