$30 million winners identified by Atlantic Lottery

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Lotto winner well-liked in community, says Placentia Mayor

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Gordon and Betty Collins of Placentia are the $30 million Lotto Max top prize winners from the Jan. 25 draw, Atlantic Lottery Corp. announced today.

The winners will be introduced to the public Thursday afternoon in St. John’s during a news conference and cheque presentation.

Gordon Collins is a semi-retired pharmacist.

Placentia Mayor Bill Hogan says it’s hard to get a pharmacist to work in his part of Newfoundland, but it’s likely going to be harder now to get Gordon to keep filling in at the local Lawton’s Drugs.

The Collins’ weren’t available for comment but Hogan speaks highly of them and says he believes Gordon is currently filling in at the local drugstore.

“He’s one of these fellas that doesn’t like to refuse anybody, so the easiest thing for him to do now is buy the drugstore and close it. Then they won’t be able to torment him to go back and forth to work,” says Hogan.

Gordon has worked as a pharmacist for as long as Hogan can remember. He compares him to Frank Fagan who was just announced Tuesday as being the province’s new lieutenant governor to succeed Lt.-Gov. John Crosbie.

“He’s a good fella,” Hogan said, adding that he is active in the community and highly respected.

“Everyone wishes him well. He’s a likeable fella. He contributed to the community. He always seemed to have a finger into helping somebody out.”

josh.pennell@thetelegram.com

Geographic location: Placentia

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  • DARRYL DOODY
    February 07, 2013 - 15:05

    Hard work is a moot point; everyone tries their best and to do what is good but only a few succeed. As it is said: the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I expect the Collins family to soon to be contacted by relatives that they did not even know they had.

  • Linda
    February 07, 2013 - 10:48

    Congratulations to You Both! Enjoy :)

  • Christine
    February 07, 2013 - 10:00

    I guess I could say I've known Betty and Gordon, my whole life, but it is at a distance, I am so happy for their win, they are a very caring and united family. Have fun.

    • Shane Parsons
      February 07, 2013 - 12:29

      It is nice to see a great family win it big. Wish you guys nothing but the best and make the most of your time together. Have fun and look after one another!!!

  • david
    February 07, 2013 - 08:04

    Atlantic Lotto lives, breathes and thrives on the kind on mentlaities posting on this....they are already tracking the increased sales in the region, and no doubt are tracvking in real-time the spike in ticket sales and have an internal statistic on exactly how long it will be before they recoup the entire $30 million payout through the gigantic jump in ticket sales here ---- Because see they're good a math and statisitcs and stuff like that. And I'll "bet" that the speed will set an AL record, so congratulations everyone! This is why AL requires the release of the names and photos of the winners...so that the complicit media will jump on it, show it to their math-ignorant, simple-minded audience, and AL can reap even more of the "disposable incomes" of all you hopelessly ignorant folks. But hey, it's only $5, right?! Only $5......or $10. Maybe $20....... jackpot! And before you can say "welfare", another $10 million dollars vanishes from the local economy, a few hundred thousand gets divvied up to a precious few, and on we go. The government is running a ponzi scheme, and you eejots are defending it. You deserve to be poor.

  • KH
    February 07, 2013 - 08:02

    Congratulations! Amazing for you both, I hope you get to see the world and enjoy every day of the rest of your lives! :)

  • Marilyn
    February 07, 2013 - 06:04

    Congratulations. Nice to see hardworking people win. :)

  • Sweet Amy
    February 06, 2013 - 22:08

    I've known the Collins' for many years. Gord is the pharmacist for just about every friend and family member I have and is one of the most good-hearted, genuinely friendly people in Placentia. They deserve it.

  • Dee
    February 06, 2013 - 21:39

    Congrats to the winners,like myself i worked all my life,and I have a very good life living very comfortably,I got that way by working in my same job for 30 years.I buy tickets every week not because I need it to pay bills or pay my home off that I already done on my own,like many I don,t smoke or drink but I do buy tickets because I want more,I want to win just like everyone else who buys them.Not like David maybe never had a job,criticizes everyone,you don,t want tickets don,t buy them ,time to grow there kid be happy forthe couple.I,m sure he has family and friends that would share with. :) Smile David it could be you or someone in your family next time.

  • cookie
    February 06, 2013 - 18:27

    the evil david is talking about how other people spend there money weather it be booze smoking drugs or gambling.....so just keep paying taxes and MIND YOUR OWN BUSNESS

  • paul stud
    February 06, 2013 - 17:27

    David myson. From what I hear the winner has more balance and class than you appear to have. People that buy tickets are dimwitted you say. I don't think a pharmacist is any way dimwitted. Congrats. Collins

  • Lovely
    February 06, 2013 - 16:04

    Congratulations to the lucky winners! Isn't there always a "Debbie Downer" in the bunch?!! This couple has obviously worked very hard all their lives for what they have, this couple just never just decided to one night go and buy a ticket for the local lottery and all of a sudden win, he's prob spent his life savings on Atlantic Lottery but, who are we to say. I am so happy that some one from the province has won. They have paid there dues to society and now they are being paid back, I think everyone deserves a shot to enjoy their retirement to the fullest. I wish you both a long, happy, healthy retirement. Enjoy your winnings, and hope you pay it forward to someone who works extremely hard to have what they got or then again, even if it its at the Tim Horton's lineup! That's what I would do!!

  • Chris
    February 06, 2013 - 14:56

    Uncle Gord?

  • Jane
    February 06, 2013 - 14:35

    Congrats Mr & Mrs Collins i am happy for you both enjoy to the fullest.

  • carogers
    February 06, 2013 - 14:33

    Very happy for the lucky winners. It would be nice to see someone who was on a fixed income like a pensioner living in a apt to win. Seems its always people who are already quite comfortable in their lives who are the lucky ones. Imagine the life changing experience for a person over 65 who worked for min wage as a waitress or cashier all their life and one day get a big wind fall. Still happy for the druggest and his wife, just sayin'

  • Ya hooo
    February 06, 2013 - 14:22

    Congratulations to the winners.. Obviously taking some time to figure things out which is always a great idea. Didn't think it was right of Hogan to be on the news last night talking about the winners the way he did. Maybe they weren't ready to come forward..

  • Yvette Butt
    February 06, 2013 - 14:16

    Congratulations Folks....I hope you like animals and help out your local rescue.....Enjoy!!!

  • Political Watcher
    February 06, 2013 - 14:02

    I believe that David is one of those people who doesn't smoke or drink, doesn't have cable TV or a telephone. All things that one chooses to do with their disposable income. It is printed that Mr. Collins is a semi-retired pharmacist so I would expect spending a few bucks on a dream wouldn't leave him short. Lighten up david and do be so bitter, I buy tickets every draw and haven't won yet but I don't deny another person who does. Congrats to the couple and enjoy the spoils.

  • Dawn
    February 06, 2013 - 13:47

    LOL David...some serious envy going on here. No one buys a losing ticket....get with it...Good for you Gordon and Betty! May all your dreams come true!

  • T F W
    February 06, 2013 - 13:39

    Very good idea , why not ?

  • Derek
    February 06, 2013 - 13:28

    David, you do your thing and I'll do mine. Personally I can afford $5 a week with the hope of retiring earlier. I work for my money and I'll do with it as I damned well please. People like you, who try and legislate other people's morals make me sick. Why don't you try feeling happy for some average Joe like you and me who go a very lucky break in life for the sake of a few dollars?? If everyone was spending thousands of dollars a week on it that would be a different matter. The average person might spend a ten dollar bill each week and a portion of that goes to amateur sport in the province of origin. I hate sour grapes people like you. Try smiling for them, your face won't crack!

    • wavy
      February 06, 2013 - 14:19

      Well done, Derek- couldn't have said it better myself. Of all the guilty pleasures to spend a few dollars on, a scatter lotto ticket offers a cheap thrill and won't give you cancer, liver disease, heart attack or an overdose. Some people, like David, are too miserable for their own good.

    • david
      February 06, 2013 - 17:23

      Hey, Derek (and all you other thin-skinned, defensive numbskulls for that matter): Your "advice": on this matter is so typically, ignorantly sad. That it is aimed at me is particularly funny. So yes, please go out and get your lotto tickets.....to keep a bit of a lid on my taxes. Hurry, before your numbers get sold to someone else...bwa ha ha ha !

  • Wayne B.
    February 06, 2013 - 13:26

    Hey David...you need to relax. Congratulations to Gordon And Betty. Enjoy it for the rest of your lives. May it be long and sweet. I'm envious!!! (I think David is too:-) !!!!

  • sharon vaters
    February 06, 2013 - 13:24

    Congratulations to the lucky winners Mr. & Mrs. Collins. Oh Yeah! Great to see Newfoundlanders win such a big amount.

  • david
    February 06, 2013 - 13:19

    I wish they'ds have press conferences to introduce each and every loser of a lottery draw....just to be balanced and fair. This is pure, evil, immoral marketing of a very serious illness on a dimwitted public.

    • Alice
      February 06, 2013 - 13:28

      Have to agree with you David.

    • RJ
      February 06, 2013 - 15:31

      The dimwit is one who whines cuz another just got better off!!