Gan­der Bay cou­ple set for life

Re­ceive $675,000 in win­nings

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY JOSH HEALEY Twit­ter: @joshrjhealey josh.healey@gan­der­bea­con.ca

Al­bert Coates and Wanda McDon­ald were all smiles as they proudly held up their cheque from At­lantic Lottery — they had, af­ter all, just won a $675,000 from a scratch ticket.

Coates, who lives in Gan­der Bay, re­cently bought an At­lantic Lottery Set for Life ticket at Moun­tain­side Gen­eral Store in Doyles, NL.

That ticket has trans­formed Coates’ life.

“It’s an amaz­ing feel­ing,” said Coates dur­ing a cer­e­mony at Cobb’s Pond. “It’s just now set­ting in.”

Coates has de­cided to share his win­nings with his com­mon­law part­ner, McDon­ald.

The cou­ple said they plan to take some time off work and to ren­o­vate their house.

When asked if they had a spe­cial trip planned, McDon­ald ex­plained they’d see how things played out.

“We’ll get our ren­o­va­tions and that done and we’ll see what we’re go­ing to do then,” she said.

Coates added they plan on help­ing their kids and to pay off a few bills.

The Set for Life ticket gives win­ners an op­tion to ei­ther re­ceive $1,000 a week for 25 years or a to­tal lump sum of $675,000.

“It was a good feel­ing to see those three (match­ing) Set for Life sym­bols,” said Coates.

COURTESY OF SCOTT COOK

Af­ter pur­chas­ing a scratch ticket from At­lantic Lottery, Al­bert Coates and Wanda McDon­ald are set for life; they re­ceived $675,000 in win­nings.

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