An immigrant to Canada is now a multi-millionaire after winning the lottery twice in the span of just five months.
Melhig Melhig is undeniably living the Canadian dream. The lucky chap won a staggering total of C$3.5m (U.S $2.7m) in two separate lottery-ticket purchases, according to the Western Canada Lottery Corporation. Originally from Africa, the 28-year old now lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Lady Luck first smiled on Melhig back in April when he won about C$1.5 million on a C$20 instant lottery ticket he purchased at the RN Convenience Store, located near the small apartment he lived in with his wife and children. The African immigrant’s first priority was to move his family into a home they could call their own, according to CBC News.
"Everything is new. We have a nice yard, good schools." he said. "We love it."
Then in August, Melhig was in a Giant Tiger store to buy a toy for his children. When the clerk handed him a $20 bill as change for the toy, Melhig asked for a $20 Scratch ‘N Win ticket instead, officials said. That ticket turned out to be worth C$2 million.
Needless to say, Melhig and his family are over the moon. The new millionaire is planning to use the money he won the second time around to plan for his family’s future. Even though Melhig is now financially thriving, he is in no way considering resting on his laurels - he wants to start up a business, by opening either a gas station or a car wash, and he also wants to go to school.
“But my main goal is to go to school,” Melhig said. “I want to improve my English and communication. And I want to learn something useful, like carpentry.”
“I’m young,” he added. “You always need to think about how to grow.”
Melhig is not the first Manitoban to be so lucky when it comes to winning the lottery. Back in 2007, a woman won $1 million on a Set for Life ticket after winning the same prize on the same kind of ticket two years earlier, according to the Western Canada Lottery Corporation. On both occasions, the lucky woman had bought the tickets while visiting Winnipeg to attend her grandson’s hockey tournament.
Hmm, we don't know about you guys but, here, we are seriously considering taking a trip to Winnipeg to buy some lottery tickets.