Better than a blender
James and Karen Evans have bought Heart & Stroke Lottery tickets for the past decade to support research and programs that benefit everyday Canadians. But they never thought about real people actually winning the massive prizes they’d seen on TV.
As winners of the Grand Prize # 1 this year, the couple took home a $1,000,000 cheque, something they never dreamed of. “We’re real people. We work day to day and live paycheck to paycheck,” says Karen.
They’ll use the money to pay off debts for themselves and their daughters, do some renovations on their Lanark, Ont. home, and travel. First up is a trip to Hawaii. But otherwise, it’ll be life as normal – with a little less stress.
“I have to keep working,” says James. “You have to keep your mind and body going. This will set a precedent for our daughters – I got money but I’m still going to work. Hard work pays off.”