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Hanmer’s newest millionaires have big plans for their lottery windfall

Francine and Laurent will travel, buy a new car and donate some to the hospice
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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.

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.