$30M lottery winners collect cheque of a lifetime

The winners of the biggest lottery prize in Newfoundland and Labrador history claimed their $30-million cheque Thursday in St. John's.

When Gord and Betty Collins were asked about what they're going to do with the money, Gord said they're going to go to Ontario first and then somewhere where they don't have to shovel snow. The couple added they hope to make their family happy.

Atlantic Lottery Corp. made the official winner announcement on Wednesday, almost two weeks after the Jan. 25 Lotto Max draw was held.

The couple came forward last weekend. Rumours had been rampant around the province about who the winner — or winners — were.

Placentia Mayor Bill Hogan said he is delighted the grand prize was won in the province – and in his town.

"I'm delighted about the couple who won, they're good people and good citizens of the community. People here wish them well, they're such a nice couple," he said.

Hogan added he doesn't see the Collins living any differently.

"Gordon and Betty have been around as long as I have, and I can't see them treating it any different than any other ordinary day," said Hogan.

The second prize of $400,000 from the same draw was claimed by Joe and Colleen Gulliver of St. John's.

Atlantic Lottery officials said it's rare for the two top prizes to be won in the same province.

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