Bed­ford cou­ple $1.5M richer

Lotto ticket bought dur­ing Su­per Bowl half­time

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON/PROVINCE -

Pop­ping out to the store dur­ing half­time on Su­per Bowl Sun­day was a $1.5-mil­lion good de­ci­sion.

Not a fan of the New Eng­land Patriots nor Lady Gaga, Jim Old­field thought a trip out to a Bed­ford con­ve­nience store would get him through half-time.

He bought a cou­ple of Crossword tick­ets and a Mega Cash ticket at Ovo Con­ve­nience in Bed­ford. Old­field doesn’t buy them of­ten, but his fi­ancée Liz Sayer does.

While Lady Gaga was float­ing through the air and belt­ing out her songs in se­quined boots, he scratched the tick­ets and found the Mega Cash ticket was a win­ner.

“I saw a one, a five and some ze­ros and I thought, ‘Wow, we’ve won $15,000! My legs got a lit­tle bit weak and I fell to the floor,” he said in an in­ter­view. “Fif­teen thou­sand for us would have been fan­tas­tic but when I got back up, took some deep breaths and started to re­ally an­a­lyze the ticket I re­al­ized it was $1.5 mil­lion.”

He said it took about three hours for it to sink in and he wasn’t pay­ing at­ten­tion to the game any­more. Old­field sat on the couch and re­viewed the ticket over and over.

Once the news he was a mil­lion­aire sunk in, he called Sayer. She was work­ing that night at Shan­nex, where they both work.

When Old­field told her they won $1.5 mil­lion she an­swered: “yeah, right.” It took her a while to ac­cept the news and she said she didn’t truly be­lieve it un­til the cou­ple picked up their win­nings at the At­lantic Lottery’s head of­fice in Monc­ton on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

They want to cover ed­u­ca­tion costs for their chil­dren, buy a prop­erty in Mar­ga­ree, Cape Bre­ton, and take a fam­ily trip.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Jim Old­field and his fi­ancée Liz Sayer, the win­ners of a $1.5-mil­lion lottery, are seen here dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion of the cheque in Monc­ton, N.B. on Thurs­day.

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