Books bring everlasting stories, timeless characters and in some cases, a million bucks.
At least it did for Nicole Pedneault and Roger Larocque, a Montreal couple who found their one million dollar golden ticket inside an old book, just 48 hours before the claim deadline came into effect.
Pedneault found the jackpot prize last week while helping her grandson prepare for a school presentation. She had left the life-changing ticket inside an old book, months earlier.
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“Had my grandson not asked me to lend him some things for his presentation I would have never found the ticket on time,” Pedneault said, in a news release. “The first thing I did when I found the ticket in the book was to check the date on the Loto-Québec site. We’re very lucky to have found it at the last minute like this.”
The couple plan to use their newfound winnings by spoiling their grandchildren before splurging on a new vehicle.
But first, they plan on celebrating their good fortune in true Quebecois fashion.
“We’re going to go to a small restaurant and spoil ourselves by ordering a poutine with double sauce and double cheese,” joked Pedneault.
When prizes are not won or claimed, Loto-Québec replays the prize into the lottery pool as bonus prizes for various different lottery games.
Now might be a good time to rummage through those old books in the hopes of becoming an instant millionaire.
Or at the very least, bump into Pedneault and Larocque and see if they’ll share a bit of their mega-poutine.