Indian Harbour Lake couple is Set for Life


Helen and Hugh MacDonald claim top prize of $675,000


MONCTON – Helen and Hugh MacDonald of Indian Harbour Lake visited Atlantic Lottery’s head office in Moncton last Thursday to claim the top prize on the popular Set for Life Scratch’n Win ticket. The Set for Life top prize is $1,000 a week for 25 years. Winners have the option of collecting the weekly win; or a lump sum valued at $675,000. The MacDonalds have chosen to take the lump sum.


Married for 47 years, they also had another reason to celebrate: Hugh turned 70 the same day that they claimed their prize.


The MacDonalds aren’t regular lottery players, but they decided to pick up a few tickets for last week’s record $60M LOTTO MAX jackpot. While they didn’t win the jackpot, they did win $22. When Helen claimed that prize, the clerk asked if she’d like any lottery tickets.


“Something in my head said, ‘Set for Life.’ And it said it a couple of times. So I said, ‘Give me three Set for Life and two Crosswords,’” Helen recounts. The first ticket she scratched when she got home was the big winner!


Hugh had gone out fishing, and he came home to Helen’s news that she thought they’d won the top prize. His first bit of advice? “Get back to the store and have it validated!”


Helen picks up the tale. “I called him from outside the store and said, ‘I hope there’s gas in the truck.’ Hugh said, ‘There’s lots, but if there’s not, we know where we can get some.’”


When it comes to plans for the winnings, the MacDonalds have a few ideas. “We have some bills we’re going to pay, and we plan to enjoy the rest while we’re able to.” The couple enjoys travelling, with Cavendish, PEI, being a favourite location. Hugh, who has fished lobster for 48 years, has a new boat on order. And Helen, who retired in 2005, might have a shopping spree in her future.


“I’m a pretty good shopper,” she laughs. “We can buy what we want, and enjoy it.”


“Feels pretty good,” Hugh adds.


The winning ticket was purchased at Shoppers Drug Mart on Main Street in Sherbrooke. The retailer will receive a one per cent seller’s prize.


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