Michael Boone of Dartmouth, N.S. likely didn’t have an inkling that he would shortly feel like the luckiest man on earth when he purchased his regular Set for Life ticket while filling up his tank at the Ochterloney Street Esso in Dartmouth.
As he scratched the ticket, Michael realized that he had hit the jackpot when three Set for Life symbols looked back at him from the first box.
In a press release, Michael related the frantic energy that followed his discovery.
“I just stopped scratching there and picked up the ticket and put it in the console. I had a bunch of running around to do, going to the grocery store and dropping a few things off. I did all that before even looking at the ticket again.”
Once he was home, Michael waited excitedly for his wife Denise to wake up, so he could share the amazing news with her.
“He showed me the ticket and I asked what I was looking for,” Denise recalled. “’Well, what’s the name of the ticket?’ he asked me.”
At that point, Denise grasped that the Set for Life ticket had quite literally set them up for life.
In a press release, Atlantic Lottery explained that the Set for Life Scratch’N Win ticket has two payment options for the top prize. Winners can opt to get $1,000 a week for 25 years, or a lump-sum payment of $675,000.
Michael and Denise went for the lump-sum payment with Michael planning to fully retire, leaving behind a career built in the dockyards and sales.
The lucky couple also has plans to enjoy their daughter’s forthcoming wedding in October, take a road trip in a new camper, and relax on a river cruise once the COVID-19 threat has waned.