Early re­tire­ment

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY ADAM RAN­DELL Adam.ran­dell@gan­der­bea­con.ca

6/49 prize of $1-mil­lion means Gan­der Bay man not head­ing back to Al­berta for work.

There won’t be many more Fort McMur­ray turn­arounds for David Head.

The 51-year-old Wing’s Point, Gan­der Bay man was the re­cent win­ner of the $1-mil­lion Lotto 6/49 guar­an­teed prize.

Head was pre­par­ing to head back to Al­berta, where he works as a fore­man with Ae­con Min­ing, on Jan. 30 but a win­ter storm can­celled his flight.

He and his wife Dar­lene were talk­ing about the un­claimed prize that morn­ing. As he was pack­ing his suit­case for an­other flight, she re­minded him to check his tick­ets.

Stop­ping in at a nearby shop, Head was in­formed he had two free tick­ets and two dol­lars. But then some­thing hap­pened.

“The clerk said, ‘there’s some­thing wrong with the ma­chine, I think you won big,’” said Head, who min­utes later would find out he was a mil­lion­aire.

At the At­lantic Lotto an­nounce­ment in Gan­der on Feb. 7, Head said it was emo­tional af­ter that, and it’s some­thing that still hasn’t sunk in.

“It looks good in the bank ac­count,” he said.

Just five years shy of his Al­berta re­tire­ment plans, Head isn’t sure when he’ll stop work­ing, but says it is com­ing sooner rather than later.

The turn­arounds mean he’s gone for ex­ten­sive pe­ri­ods, at times be­tween six to eight months. If he hadn’t won the Jan. 30 prize, it would have been May 1 be­fore his turn­around ended and he would re­turn home for two weeks off.

Head will use the money to pay off his truck, get a new 23foot King Fisher boat, help out fam­ily, travel, make a few in­vest­ments and spend a lot more time with fam­ily.

And to be able to do that – “It’s awe­some.”

The win­ning ticket was pur­chased at Saun­ders Gen­eral Store in Ge­orge’s Point, which will re­ceive a one-per-cent seller’s prize.

ADAM RAN­DELL/THE BEA­CON

David Head of Wing’s Point, Gan­der Bay, is New­found­land and Labrador’s new­est mil­lion­aire. Head was the re­cent win­ner of Lotto 6/49’s guar­an­teed mil­lion-dol­lar prize.

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