Sweet tooth nets Orillia couple $50M jackpot
Lotto Max winners Jeff Bourret and Deanna Bergeron hold their cheque for $50 million at OLG headquarters in Toronto on Monday, September 15, 2014. (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun)
A trip to a convenience store to pick up an ice cream treat ended up much sweeter than expected for an Orillia couple who claimed their $50-million Lotto Max jackpot Monday.
Deanna Bergeron ate fiance Jeff Bourret’s last ice cream bar and headed to the local Mac’s on Sept. 5 to replace it. While she was there, she bought a couple of Quick Pick tickets for that night’s draw.
“It just turned out to be the winner,” the 30-year-old personal trainer said at OLG’s Toronto headquarters.
Bourret, 32, joked he’s “forgiven” Bergeron for scooping up his treat that day.
“She can have all the ice cream she wants now,” he said.
The couple said they are still in shock.
“You can’t put it into words, you can’t comprehend something like this,” Bourret said, choking on his words.
The pair plans to wed in two years. In the immediate future, they want to “take a vacation and just spend time with our families,” Bergeron said.
Bourret, a federal government employee, hadn’t shared the news of his windfall with his bosses prior to Monday’s announcement.
“I think I could retire,” he said with a smile.
He said they got “great advice” from family.
“Now we are turning to a team of financial advisers who will help guide us through this incredible good fortune, so that we can enjoy it for years and decades to come,” he said.
Since its launch in September 2009, Ontario Lotto Max players have won more than $2 billion in prizes.