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Latest millionaire just getting back up after losing everything in Fort Mac wildfire

Bill Pendergast and his wife Carrie accept a cheque for $1 million at Atlantic Canada Lotto headquarters in St. John's Friday.
Bill Pendergast and his wife Carrie accept a cheque for $1 million at Atlantic Canada Lotto headquarters in St. John's Friday. - Joe Gibbons

Bill Pendergast says family vacation among the first on couple’s to-do list

It was well worth the trip home from Fort McMurray, Alberta to visit family members in the Goulds for Bill Pendergast, a millwright with Suncor Energy in the western Canada city of Fort Mac.

He stopped by the Cos’s Corner Irving outlet in the Goulds last Friday night, Feb. 2 to purchase a few items and a Lotto ticket for the weekend’s Lotto 6/49 draw.

Well, the $20 instapick ticket of three 6/49 plays with an Atlantic 49 and TAG proved to be a million-dollar winner for the Saturday night draw.

Pendergast ticket contained the guaranteed $1-million prize payout number of 98769860-04.

Upon getting the ticket validated back at the store to confirm the win, Pendergast, originally from Placentia, immediately called his wife Carrie up in Fort Mac and she then “right away booked a flight back home.”

They were presented with their winnings at the Atlantic Lottery headquarters on Hallett Crescent in St. John’s over the lunch hour today.

They said they plan on taking a family vacation with their five sons down in the Caribbean later this year.

Pendergast, 50, said the winning was extra special for them as they “lost everything” in the Fort Mac wildfire two years ago and they are now only getting around to having their home rebuilt and will enjoy some “nice brand-new furniture.”

 joseph.gibbons@thetelegram.com

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