Thursday, July 31, 2008

Lottery winner keeps a multimillion-dollar secret for a year

Most people can't wait to claim their lottery winnings, but when Peter Dushop realized he hit the jackpot last August he didn't rush out to claim his $3.6-million prize.

Instead, the 24-year-old realtor from Maple Ridge, B.C., put the winning Lotto 6/49 ticket in a safety deposit box and only told his mom about the win.

"I felt that was the best way to go, I needed some time to reflect on it," said Dushop on Monday, when he collected his cheque.

The cool, calm and collected Dushop managed to keep the win a secret from his girlfriend for nearly an entire year. And even then, she only found out by watching the media coverage on TV.

"It was pretty funny. I waited until the news came on ... and was 'Ooohh, what was that?' She just watched it in disbelief," said Dushop.

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