Grand Bank man wins big on Lotto Max

Bram Whit­tle is the prov­ince’s new­est mil­lion­aire

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY COLIN FAR­RELL GRAND BANK, N.L.

Bram Whit­tle of Grand Bank was a man of few words as he re­ceived a gi­ant cheque for $1 mil­lion from of­fi­cials with the At­lantic Lot­tery Corp. dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion held at Brax­ton Suites in Marys­town Wed­nes­day, Oct 24.

Whit­tle had mis­placed the ticket, and it wasn’t un­til Oct. 14 that he checked to see if he was one of the two Maxmil­lion win­ners in the prov­ince.

“(It was) in the young feller’s car, un­der the seat,” he ex­plained. “I thought I had it lost.”

The win­ning ticket was pur­chased at Bur­fitt’s Elec­tro-Tech in Grand Bank and the store re­ceived a one per cent seller’s prize.

Whit­tle, who works as an ex­ca­va­tor op­er­a­tor at min­ing op­er­a­tions in St. Lawrence owned by Canada Fluorspar Inc., said he doesn’t plan to quit his job.

He ex­pects, how­ever, to take some time off to take his fam­ily on a Dis­ney va­ca­tion.

The fa­ther of two also said he has other plans of what to do with the win­nings.

“I’m go­ing to buy a new house, and I bought a new truck, was the first thing I done,” he told The South­ern Gazette Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing the cheque pre­sen­ta­tion.

Fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity

While fight­ing back tears, Colleen Cum­ben, Whit­tle’s fi­ancée, said the win means much more than ma­te­rial things — it means a sense of se­cu­rity.

“Not wor­ry­ing if I’ve got to pick (to pay) the light bill or (buy) gro­ceries, that’s the most im­por­tant thing to me,” she said while be­ing over­come with emo­tion.

“Not cars, not the va­ca­tion, but know­ing that my kids will be taken care of, and I don’t have to worry any­more.”

COLIN FAR­RELL/THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Bram Whit­tle of Grand Bank is the prov­ince’s new­est mil­lion­aire. Whit­tle was one of two Maxmil­lion win­ners in the prov­ince for the Oct. 19 Lotto Max draw. Whit­tle was joined dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion by his fi­ancée, Colleen Cum­ben, their two chil­dren and other fam­ily mem­bers.

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