Kitchener man cashes in $30-million-winning lottery ticket
Ryan Flanagan, CTV Kitchener
Published Thursday, September 22, 2016 5:58AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, September 22, 2016 6:57PM EDT
A Kitchener man is now $30 million richer – and he says he plans to share a big portion of his new fortune with his family.
“The kids and my grandchildren are the ones that are going to enjoy it,” Ashman Kennedy said Thursday, speaking to the media after picking up his $30-million cheque.
“All I tell them (is) ‘do not waste it.’”
Kennedy bought one of two winning tickets for the $60-million jackpot in last Friday’s Lotto Max draw.
He bought his ticket at the Petro-Canada on Ottawa Street South and Strasburg Road. The other ticket was sold in Toronto.
Kennedy said that he started calling family members as soon as he noticed “something strange” about how the ticket matched up to the lottery results – wanting someone to show up and verify that he was seeing what he thought he was seeing.
The 69-year-old says he plans to give most of his winnings to his family so they can “enjoy life to the fullest.”
But he’s not forgetting about himself. He plans to use some of the jackpot to “relax a little” in a hobby shop he maintains – and in some other places.
“Whenever I get tired of it, I’ll go and travel the globe,” he said.
Kennedy says the winning ticket contained the same numbers he’s been playing for years.
With reporting by Allison Tanner