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.”