Saskatchewan lottery winner nets 2nd-largest windfall in province’s history

Matthew Poppel won $55 million with a lottery ticket purchased in Saskatoon. Sask Lotteries / Supplied

Sask Lotteries says a $55 million lottery ticket has been claimed.

Matthew Poppel purchased three tickets at Pinnacle Gas & Food – Faithfull, located at 209A – 2750 Faithfull Ave. in Saskatoon and checked them following a Lotto Max draw last week.

“The first one didn’t win anything, the second one won a free play and the last one said 55 followed by a bunch of zeroes,” he said in a press release on Wednesday.

“I did not think for a second that I had actually won $55 million.”

“I did not expect that to be something that happened to me.”

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Poppel said he knows his family will be set up financially but added he’s going to take some time deciding what to do with his winnings.

“I was thinking — and joking — that I should buy a luxury vehicle just because I can,” he laughed.

“But now I think it’s a good idea. I can buy it, so why not?”

The winning ticket exactly matched the seven main draw numbers on the Oct. 19 draw: 12, 26, 28, 32, 41, 43 and 50.

Sask Lotteries said this is the second-largest jackpot won in the province’s history after a $60-million Lotto Max prize going to a Neville resident in August 2016.

This is Saskatchewan’s third win at or over $1 million so far this year.

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