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City man takes away 6/49 prize of $8.1M

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DENNIS Nash fears no post-Christmas credit card bill.

The Winnipegger won a cool $8.1 million in the Lotto 6/49 draw on Dec. 28.

A regular player, he bought an $18 ticket with his six regular lines, a collection of important numbers and dates that his father used to play, at a Pembina Highway Mac's store on Saturday morning.

Before he went to bed that night, he called the winning numbers telephone line and thought the first three sounded familiar.

"Then I started comparing and realized that the first five numbers matched," he said.

He didn't get overly excited because he matched five numbers last February and pocketed a paltry $2,200.

"Then out of the corner of my eye, I saw the sixth number matched, too. I couldn't believe it!" he said.

Nash held one of two tickets with the winning numbers -- 13, 20, 23, 34, 38 and 46 -- and is splitting the total jackpot of $16,383,989 with somebody in Calgary.

Nash said he plans to pay off some bills and take a tropical vacation but he doesn't have any big plans for his windfall yet.

"I'd like to help some close family and friends," he said.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 3, 2014 B4

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