Retired couple from Calvert start New Year off with $250,000 lottery win

Published on January 11, 2017

Gerald and Sheila Kavanagh of Calvert plan to buy a new SUV and pay for their daughter’s upcoming wedding after recently winning $250,000 on Atlantic Lottery’s Holiday Riches Scratch’N Win ticket.

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Gerald and Sheila Kavanagh of Calvert plan to buy a new SUV and pay for their daughter’s wedding after recently winning the top prize on Atlantic Lottery’s Holiday Riches Scratch’N Win ticket.

The couple won $250,000.
“I included the ticket in Sheila’s Christmas card. She loves to get a few Scratch’N Win tickets. I remembered hearing about the women from Mount Pearl winning and you just never know,” Gerald said in a news release from Atlantic Lottery Corp.
“Sheila won $15 on that one and she was happy with that! So I took it back to the store and got her another ticket, forgot my wallet and had to go back home. When I finally got home with it, I scratched it myself,” Gerald said. “When I yelled for her to come in to check it, she was charmed when she thought we won $250.”
What the Kavanaghs actually won was 1,000 times that — $250,000, one of six top prizes on the Holiday Riches Scratch’N Win national ticket.
Rhonda Doyle of Mount Pearl also won the top prize on Holiday Riches in late December and another top prize was awarded in Ontario.
The Kavanaghs have two children and three grandchildren and plan to share with them, do some home repairs, as well as buy a new SUV for Sheila. Their first thought though, was a family event in September.
“We called our daughter to tell her we won and that we’re paying for her wedding coming up in September. She was pretty excited as it will be a big family affair, a lot of big families on the Southern Shore,” Sheila said.
Gerald and Sheila have both been retired for three years, Gerald from the Canadian Coast Guard and Sheila from Masonic Park where she worked as a licensed practical nurse.
“We had some home repairs we have been wanting to do since we retired, but it’s a job to do it all,” Sheila said, “Now thanks to this, we can!”
There are three top prizes of $250,000 remaining on the Holiday Riches ticket.
O’Brien’s Clover Farm in Cape Broyle sold the winning ticket and will receive a one per cent seller’s prize.