They are Set for Life

Annapolis Valley Register - - FRONT PAGE - THE SPEC­TA­TOR GREEN­WOOD

What a dif­fer­ence a year makes. Twelve months ago, Sheri Wood was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer. Last week, she and hus­band Stacy ac­cepted a cheque for $675,000.

Sheri is nearly done her treat­ments and is can­cer free. She wants to buy a 1930s Chevy pickup to re­build. Stacy is go­ing to re­tire from the air force a few years early.

The Mid­dle­ton cou­ple can af­ford to do that now.

They won At­lantic Lot­tery’s Set for Life af­ter pick­ing up their scratch ticket at Gates Land­ing in Mid­dle­ton re­cently.

While the cou­ple could take $1,000 a week for 25 years, they de­cided to take the lump sum op­tion of $675,000 in­stead, and they did just that at a cer­e­mony at the PSP Com­mu­nity Recre­ation Cen­tre on Church Street in Green­wood Sept. 27 just out­side the gates of 14 Wing Green­wood.

It was a happy event with re­fresh­ments, cof­fee and even lob­ster rolls. Friends and fam­ily gath­ered to con­grat­u­late them as they ac­cepted a gi­ant cheque from At­lantic Lot­tery’s Abby Mac­Don­ald and Lind­say Meekins.

Twelve months ago life wasn’t so good.

“We won al­most ex­actly a year af­ter I was di­ag­nosed and had my surgery,” she said. “The news we get to share this year is way bet­ter than last year’s.”

Stacy may turn a wrench or two on the hot rod truck cus­tomiza­tion. The 29-year vet­eran with the Royal Cana­dian Air Force is look­ing for­ward to re­tir­ing within the year.

“I want to get my 30 years in and then I will be ready to re­tire,” he said. “I would have thought about stay­ing on a bit longer, but af­ter what we’ve gone through in the last year we’ve re­al­ized that we need to stop putting things off and start en­joy­ing life now.”

With their Set for Life win and the im­prove­ment in Sheri’s health, they’re look­ing for­ward to start­ing the next chap­ter in their lives.

They’re clas­sic car en­thu­si­asts. Sheri used to or­ga­nize shows and even now they con­sult with show or­ga­niz­ers who are seek­ing ad­vice on how to put a show to­gether.

Sheri was the one who scratched the ticket. How did she feel?

“He keeps call­ing me a bouncy ball,” Sheri said.

“Re­mem­ber those lit­tle bouncy balls you used to get when you were a kid? You’d throw it at the wall and it would go for­ever? That had noth­ing on her,” said Stacy of his wife’s re­ac­tion to find­ing out they’d won. “She was just vi­brat­ing.”

“Scream­ing, hug­ging my son, tears, su­per ex­cited for him be­cause he’s re­tir­ing,” Sheri said.

Stacy didn’t know how much Set for Life was worth and kept ask­ing Sheri “What did we win?” She kept an­swer­ing “Set for Life.”

“I didn’t know if we might have won $10,000, $20,000,” he re­called. “Okay we won ob­vi­ously, some­thing, be­cause you’re freak­ing out. It just didn’t clue in.”

It turned out to be enough to change their lives.

Sheri said they buy Set for Life tick­ets weekly.

“Ev­ery time we go to gas up or run to the cor­ner store we pick up two Set for Life tick­ets, one for him and one for me.”

Sheri de­scribes her­self as a can­cer sur­vivor. “I’m just stay­ing home get­ting bet­ter,” she said, re­fer­ring to the last year as a roller coaster.

“You re­al­ize that life is short, things come up,” Stacy said. “So if you have the op­por­tu­nity to go out and do what you want to do, don’t wait be­cause you never know what’s com­ing around the cor­ner.”

He said the win will help them do that. “We’re still go­ing to do what we do. Our life­style I don’t think is re­ally go­ing to change much,” he said. “All it does is in­stead of wait­ing an­other five or six years to re­tire and do this we’ll start sooner.”

Sheri and Stacy Wood have two boys, ages 20 and 17.

Be­sides the truck project, they plan to build a new garage big enough to house and work on their new hot rod in ad­di­tion to their beloved ’67 Ca­maro.

Mary and Danny Ritchie of Gates Land­ing were also part of the cel­e­bra­tion and ac­cepted a cheque for one per cent of the win­nings on be­half of their con­ve­nience store and gas bar in Mid­dle­ton. They also own Le­qui­lle Coun­try Store.

Ac­cord­ing to At­lantic Lot­tery, there are still two top prizes to be won in the #4022 Set for Life se­ries.

LAWRENCE POW­ELL

Sheri and Stacy Wood were handed a cheque for $675,000 in a cer­e­mony at the PSP Com­mu­nity Recre­ation Cen­tre in Green­wood Sept. 27. They won At­lantic Lot­tery’s Set for Life and opted for a lump sum in­stead of $1,000 a week for 25 years. They’re seen here with At­lantic Lot­tery’s Abby Mac­Don­ald.

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