Hanmer couple Francine and Laurent Chenier are the newest millionaires in Greater Sudbury.
The couple won $1 million by matching all seven Encore numbers in the exact order on the Sept. 17 Lotto Max draw. They also won $5 on another Encore on the same ticket, bringing their total winnings to $1,000,005.
The retired couple said they are regular lottery players. Francine said she gasped after scanning her ticket.
“I thought we won $1,000 at first and called over Laurent,” she said.
“I said, ‘No, I think you won much more than that!’” said Laurent.
The pair plan to travel, purchase a new car, complete some home renovations, and donate to the Sudbury hospice.
“It’s humbling – it still doesn’t feel real,” Francine said.
The winning ticket was purchased at Paquette’s Your Independent Grocer on Highway 69 in Hanmer.