Lottery win like a joke, trucker says

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THE immortal words of Homer Simpson ushered in a new era of prosperity for a Winnipeg truck driver and his family.

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THE immortal words of Homer Simpson ushered in a new era of prosperity for a Winnipeg truck driver and his family.

Gennadi Belinov did a double take after running his Lotto 6/49 ticket through a self-serve reader Thursday evening and saw “$1,979,992.00.”

He thought, “What are all these numbers?” and asked the clerk at the Red River Co-op station on Route 90 to scan it through her terminal. The machine verified the digits from the March 18 draw and an electronic voice said, “Woo hoo!”

“People in the store started screaming,” Belinov said. “I can’t say I really felt anything. It was like somebody was joking. My brother was with me and I said to him, ‘I won $2 million.’ My brother turned and walked out of the store.”

Despite his newfound wealth, Belinov said he plans to keep his job as a truck driver and operator.

“What else would I do? I need to show an example to my children,” he said.

Belinov said discussions around the dinner table have yielded plenty of ideas how to spend the money, including a new house, saving for his children’s education and helping out extended family members.

“My wife has a lot of plans,” he said.

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