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Meet Winnipeg’s newest millionaire

Roland Tessier is Winnipeg's newest millionaire, and the first millionaire lottery winner of 2016.
Roland Tessier is Winnipeg's newest millionaire, and the first millionaire lottery winner of 2016. hand out

WINNIPEG — Roland Tessier is Winnipeg’s newest millionaire, and the first millionaire lottery winner of 2016. Tessier won the $1 million on December 23 LOTTO 6/49 draw. He held off on virtually spending it until it was a done deal.

“I’ve always been of the opinion that you don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched,” said Tessier. “Until I had the cheque in my hand, this win was still an egg.”

Tessier bought his $9 LOTTO 6/49 quick pick ticket from RWR Bison Lottery Kiosk, located in the Real Canadian Superstore at 80 Bison Drive in Winnipeg. He checked his ticket the morning after the draw – first on the internet, and then at a local store.

“I checked in on the ticket checker first, so I knew I’d won something big,” he remembered. “Then I asked the clerk to check it, and I told her, ‘You’re going to be surprised.’”

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Tessier said he hasn’t made any firm plans for how he’ll spend it, but will probably invest in some home renovations.