In Canada, 28-year-old im­mi­grant wins lot­tery - twice

Global Times - - Mosaic -

A young West African im­mi­grant who moved to Canada two years ago has hit the lot­tery jack­pot - twice.

Mel­hig Mel­hig, 28, won two scratch-off games in the space of five months. To­tal win­nings? $3.5 mil­lion Cana­dian dol­lars ($2.7 mil­lion).

“I want to im­prove my English and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. And I want to learn some­thing use­ful, like car­pen­try,” Mel­hig told the West­ern Canada Lot­tery Cor­po­ra­tion when asked what he would do with the money.

Mel­hig, who hails from West Africa but did not spec­ify the coun­try, moved to Win­nipeg two years ago.

In April, he bought a ticket and won $1.5 mil­lion. Last month, he bought an­other ticket – and won an­other $2 mil­lion.

With his first pay­out, he bought a new home for his wife and chil­dren. With the sec­ond wind­fall, he hopes to buy a busi­ness – maybe a car wash or a gas sta­tion, he says – and “go to school.”

Mel­hig had a one in 900,000 chance of win­ning the first time, ac­cord­ing to lot­tery of­fi­cials. The sec­ond time, his odds were one in 1.3 mil­lion.

So what are the chances of some­one win­ning two ma­jor jack­pots in such a short pe­riod of time? Dif­fi­cult to cal­cu­late, the West­ern Canada Lot­tery Cor­po­ra­tion says.

Lot­tery of­fi­cials say every­thing about his twin wins is le­git.

“We didn’t find any­thing out of the or­di­nary and we are happy for him,” lot­tery spokes­woman An­drea Marantz told AFP.

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