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One quick stop is worth a million for Elko coal miner

Gary Dixon proudly accepts his Lotto Max winnings. - Submitted
Gary Dixon proudly accepts his Lotto Max winnings.
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Elko resident Gary Dixon is one cool customer, judging from the 48-year-old’s reaction to winning a $1 Million Maxmillion prize in a recent Lotto Max draw.

“I heard that someone in Fernie had won,” explained Dixon. “My mother and I had purchased our tickets at the same time, so I went to her house to tell her to check her ticket. On the way I stopped and checked my own on the self-checker, which showed a $1,000,000 win.”

“The clerk asked what I’d won and I casually replied, ‘Oh, just a million’. She took the ticket and checked it again for me, then gave me a big high five,” he continued.

Sure enough Dixon, who works at a coal mine, had managed to match 7/7 numbers on the April 8 Lotto Max draw to win one of 24 Maxmillion prizes available.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said the married father of two. “We can now pay off our rental property and buy the lot beside it. We can also pay off all our debts and I’d like to buy a new truck. We’ll give a little to each of our parents and the rest is going in the bank.”

Dixon purchased his lucky ticket at the “Stop & Shop” in Fernie.

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