Pla­cen­tia cou­ple wins Set for Life prize

The Compass - - Editorial - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

PLA­CEN­TIA, NL - One Pla­cen­tia cou­ple has a lot to cel­e­brate, even after a birth­day.

Wanda and Craig Brooks were cel­e­brat­ing her 44th birth­day as any cou­ple might - with fam­ily and friends over a nice sup­per.

Inside a birth­day card given to Wanda by her brother, how­ever, sat a scratch ticket that would change their lives for quite some time.

It was a Set For Life win­ner. “I was just sat at the table and had the chance, so I fig­ured I might as well scratch it now,” said Wanda, who ad­mit­tedly only pur­chases a few tick­ets here and there for her and her hus­band. “And when I looked at it, it looked like I won, but I didn’t be­lieve it. I must have flipped it over four or five times to read the rules be­fore I said any­thing to any­one.”

To her de­light, how­ever, she was right. The ticket was a win­ner. From there, she and the fam­ily wasted no time get­ting to a lo­cal con­ve­nience store to get the ticket checked.

An event to cel­e­brate the cou­ple’s luck was held at the Three Sis­ters Restau­rant in Pla­cen­tia last Thurs­day, where fam­ily and friends joined to help com­mem­o­rate for the cou­ple.

Wanda and Craig ul­ti­mately de­cided to go with the lump sum of $675,000, which will be used to pay off some debts and help the fam­ily live a more com­fort­able the mo­ment life in the com­ing years.

“It just seemed to make more sense for us to go with the lump sum,” Craig told The Com­pass. “We don’t have any big plans for it, just to pay off a few things here and there, and keep liv­ing the way we are, re­ally.”

Wanda works as a hair­dresser, while Craig is a prop­erty man­ager. De­spite the ma­jor mone­tary boost, they do not plan to re­tire any­time soon, call­ing them­selves a fairly av­er­age fam­ily with no in­ten­tions of chang­ing the way they live.

“We still want to live the same lives as we have be­fore. This is just go­ing to help us do that a lot more com­fort­ably,” said Wanda. “It feels amaz­ing to win this. It’s in­de­scrib­able re­ally, but we’re not go­ing to let it change us like that.”

As for Wanda’s brother, Ge­off Hig­don, he won’t be leav­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence empty handed, ei­ther. Wanda and Craig de­cided to hand over $100,000 to him and his fam­ily.

“This is go­ing to change our lives, and I want to see it change theirs as well. It makes me happy to see them happy,” Wanda added.

New Set For Life tick­ets are cur­rently mak­ing their way to stores from the At­lantic Lottery Cor­po­ra­tion with four top prizes to claim.

Wanda and Craig both plan to keep rid­ing their luck and will con­tinue pur­chas­ing tick­ets in the fu­ture just in case.

CHRIS LEWIS/THE COM­PASS

Wanda and Craig Brooks (right) cel­e­brated their Set for Life win at an event in Pla­cen­tia Thurs­day morn­ing. Wanda re­ceived the scratch ticket in a birth­day card. Ver­non Hoben, a field sales spe­cial­ist with the At­lantic Lottery Cor­po­ra­tion, made the pre­sen­ta­tion to the cou­ple.

CHRIS LEWIS/THE COM­PASS

Wanda and Craig Brooks share a kiss after be­ing in­tro­duced as the lat­est Set For Life win­ners.

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