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Meet Cape Breton's newest millionaire

Sydney resident Scott MacDonald is now able to retire early, build a new home and take a long overdue trip since becoming a millionaire. MacDonald won the $1-million prize in the March 25 Lotto 6/49 draw. Contributed/Atlantic Lotto
Sydney resident Scott MacDonald is now able to retire early, build a new home and take a long overdue trip since becoming a millionaire. MacDonald won the $1-million prize in the March 25 Lotto 6/49 draw. Contributed/Atlantic Lotto
SYDNEY, N.S. —

Sydney resident Scott MacDonald can be excused if he suddenly breaks out into his happy dance.

“I just want to do my happy dance for the rest of my life,” said MacDonald, who has one million reasons to do a little jig.

MacDonald was the $1-million prize winner in the March 25 Lotto 6/49 draw and recently claimed his prize.

“I am feeling just awesome, it is everything to be able to sit still right now,” said MacDonald, in a news release issued by Atlantic Lotto.

MacDonald said the money will now allow him to retire some five years earlier than planned.

“I can’t believe it, this is years ahead of schedule. It’s just … it is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”

In addition, MacDonald and his wife plan on building a dream home where he said they can live “happily ever after.”

The couple also plans a trip to Scotland to explore the heritage of both of their families.

There is a guaranteed prize draw for $1 million every Wednesday and Saturday night and MacDonald was unaware of that guarantee. He said it is good motivation to keep playing.

“I don’t think lightning is going to strike twice but it’s still good to support local,” he said.

“I love how Atlantic Lotto supports Atlantic Canadians and all the great things (the) corporation does.”

MacDonald bought the winning ticket at Needs Convenience in Howie Centre. The retailer receives a one per cent seller’s prize.

To support players in claiming lottery prizes during the COVID-19 pandemic, Atlantic Lottery has temporarily closed prize offices and has implemented alternate prize-claim processes for winners.

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