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.


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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