Raymond Lillington of Dingwall, Cape Breton is a very lucky man. He and his wife are $17.4 million richer after winning the August 15, 2020 Lotto 6/49 jackpot.
This is the second time Lillington has claimed a multi-million-dollar prize.
Believe it or not, he previously won a $3.2-million Lotto 6/49 jackpot in 2013.
“I still played and people said, ‘You’ll never win again,’ and I said, ‘Of course I will,”’ Lillington said.
“But that was a joke! I never imagined this could actually happen.”
Lillington’s $17,405,148.93 jackpot win is the second-largest lottery prize ever won in Nova Scotia. He came just in under the record-holding $17.5 million Lotto 6/49 prize awarded in 2007.
“Winning twice is what makes this all so hard to believe,” Lillington said.
“What are the odds? I could never expect this, and it’s so much money that it’s hard to absorb that information.”
Lillington and his wife Gaye were set up well for retirement after their first lottery win. They purchased a new home, new vehicles and fulfilled most of their traveling dreams.
The Lillington’s has five children and six grandchildren. In addition to family, they intend to support local organizations that are close to his heart.
This time around, with an even bigger win, they say it’s their family and loved ones who will really benefit.
“Our kids are even more mesmerized than we are. They just can’t believe it,” Lillington said.
“My oldest texted me a million times today – he can’t eat, he can’t sleep, the kids just can’t believe it’s real.”
Lillington bought the winning ticket at Cabot Trail Food Market in Dingwall. The retailer will receive a one per cent seller’s prize which is $174,051.