The grand prize winner of the Hospitals of Regina Foundation Spring Home Lottery has won his second million-dollar lottery home in six years.
On Thursday, Regina’s Dwayne Prystupa was announced as the winner of a $1.4 million grand prize show home located at 4300 Bulrush Way in The Creeks neighbourhood.
“I was on my way home from work and my brother-in-law called me. I didn’t believe him, but he rewound it on T.V. and he was playing it over the phone to me, so that’s how I found out,” he said. “It still hasn’t kicked in. We’re just in complete awe.”
Prystupa won a $1 million house in the STARS Air Ambulance Home Lottery in 2012 as well.
He said they bought tickets to the Hospitals lottery without expecting anything in return.
“We figured we won once, we’re not going to ever win again,” Prystupa said. “But you don’t ever want to stop supporting the cause that this (money) goes towards. That’s what we do it for, and this time, lightning struck twice.”
As a father of two with a third child on the way, Prystupa noted he and his wife never did move into the last home they won, but this time around, they’re considering it.
Prystupa was wearing a Humboldt Broncos t-shirt when his family toured the home on Friday and he explained he actually used to play for the SJHL team which was struck by tragedy last month.
Laid off wrestling coach wins 50/50 draw
Meanwhile, the winner of the 50/50 draw will end a bad week on a high note.
Dan McGee lost his job as a University of Regina wrestling coach earlier this week when the program was cut, and now he’s $409,875 richer.
“It’s just kind of bittersweet,” he said. “I don’t think it has any special meaning, but it’s good timing.”
Since it’s still not clear whether he’ll get a severance package, McGee said having this prize money will help a lot.
As for early bird prize winner Bernice Shearer, she opted for $90,000 rather than a Corvette and trip to the Cayman Islands.
—With files from Jessie Anton