Bedford couple $1.5M richer
Lotto ticket bought during Super Bowl halftime
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.
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.