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Man who won $50 million in lottery woke up at 4:30am to go back to work the following week

Niamh Shackleton

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Man who won $50 million in lottery woke up at 4:30am to go back to work the following week

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If you ask most people what's the first thing they'd do after winning the lottery, they'd probably say that they would quit their jobs.

But despite winning a whopping $50 million Lotto Max jackpot, Pierre Richer still got up at 4:30am the following week.

He first got the news of his epic lottery win on Friday, 6 October and, while I'd have personally booked a trip to the Maldives for the following week, Pierre instead returned to work on the Monday as usual.

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The Québec-based man works as a driver and head of shipping at a catering company and didn't want to leave his colleagues in the lurch.

He told Loto-Québec: "I can’t leave them alone in the dark. Without me there, the shipping department is not feasible."

Pierre, who is in his 60s, also admitted that the pay isn't great at his job, making it even more admirable that he decided to stay on.

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But despite his age, he said he isn't planning on retiring just yet - but will give it a few weeks to make a proper decision.

At the time of purchasing his winning ticket, Pierre was picking up some Thanksgiving supplies with his daughter.

Pierre Richer won a $50 million jackpot earlier this month. Credits: Loto-Québec
Pierre Richer won a $50 million jackpot earlier this month. Credits: Loto-Québec

The pair went to the Super C grocery store after hearing that pie crust was on sale.

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"With the pie crust being on sale at the Super C, my daughter went in to get it and I got the ticket," Pierre said.

And if it hadn't been for the pie crust, then he said he wouldn't have been in the right location to buy the two tickets - which only cost him $10.

The following day, Pierre's daughter and wife checked the lotto numbers and discovered his epic win - but, despite their excitement, he remained pretty unfazed.

"I was a little happy,” he said.

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“But, you know, I just left the room and that was it.”

When asked by reporters about how he felt, Pierre simply said that 'nothing's changed'.

Pierre wants to buy a new house and car with his winnings. Credits: CTV News
Pierre wants to buy a new house and car with his winnings. Credits: CTV News

I think your bank balance would beg to differ, Pierre.

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In regards to what he planned on doing with his newfound wealth, he shared that they want to 'buy a new house and a new car and that’s basically it'.

According to CTV News, his dream is to 'mow the lawn' at his new house.

And if you're wanting to win the lottery anytime soon, it appears as if Québec is the place to be.

According to Loto-Québec President and CEO Jean-François Bergeron, a whopping $1.5 billion was awarded last year to lottery winners.

BRB, just booking a flight to Canada.

Topics: News, World News, Money, Life, Canada

Niamh Shackleton
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