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A lucky feeling on Friday the 13th and a stop at a Fort Providence gas station has paid off for one happy Yellowknife couple.

Bradley and Janice McNeill are the mystery holders of a $1 million Lotto Max ticket, which was purchased July 13 and announced it was won by someone outside of Yellowknife in the NWT – with no winners names yet – a few days later by lotto officials.

The two were driving back to Yellowknife from Edmonton when they made a spur-of-the-moment decision to stop at the Big River Service Centre on Highway 3, where they purchased the lucky ticket, stated a news release Wednesday from the Western Canada Lottery Corporation.

“I don’t often play the lottery. But, for some reason, that day I had it in my mind that I should buy a ticket – I guess this is why!,” stated Bradley NcNeill in the news release.

The big win hasn’t spurred any immediate spending plans for the couple – they’re just looking forward to an “earlier-than-expected retirement.”

“Retirement is just that much closer. This win is really going to help set us up to retire,” stated Bradley.

“We already have everything that we could want – this is just a bonus,” added wife Janice.

The winning numbers for the “Maxmillions” draw, purchased on July 13, were 1, 2, 5, 11, 23, 36 and 45.

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Brendan Burke

As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility...

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