He explained how he went to a northeast convenience store to use the ticket-checker to see if his ticket for the April 22 draw had come up a winner and how the store clerk had to double-check the result.
“I said ‘$60,000?’ and she said, ‘No…you won six million,’ – and she whispered it, but everyone in the line heard it,” Fleury said. “The people behind me were all pretty happy.”
Fleury had purchased the winning ticket at the Circle K at 8286 Centre Street N.E. a couple of days before the draw took place.
He had apparently been using the same numbers for years which was a combo of birth dates and anniversaries.
“I actually put my sister’s birth date wrong one time, years ago – but I’ve stuck with the wrong date ever since, for almost 40 years,” he beamed.
The happy lotto winner intends to pay off his house with his winnings and hasn’t ruled out the possibility of buying a new one. Either way, he will be able to settle some bills and truly start enjoying his recent retirement.
“We can’t do much traveling now, but that’s something that we’d definitely look to do in the future,” he added.
The Western Canada Lottery Corporation noted that Fleury was the sixth Calgarian in 2020 to claim a lottery prize of a million dollars or more so far.