Now that he’s claimed his $30-million Lotto 6/49 prize, William “Bud” Perry has another difficult goal in mind – to score a hole in one.
The 77-year-old retired crane operator from Pickering, Ont. intends to achieve this feat by playing golf in every single province and territory in Canada.
“I play golf with a great bunch of friends and would love to take my game to the best courses in every single province and territory,” Perry said at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto on Wednesday. “It might not improve my swing but it’ll be a lot of fun.”
The golf-loving senior marvelled at the fact that he had won the lottery before succeeding at golf’s most difficult shot.
“It’s easier for me to win the lottery than get a hole in one!” Perry said with a laugh.
Perry also had a great sense of humour when he verified his lotto win with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation over the phone.
“They asked me how I was feeling and I teased, ‘I’m fine thanks. I’m rich,’” he joked.
The lotto winner said he initially checked his ticket online but needed a friend to come over and double check the numbers because he couldn’t believe it. The pair of friends then had a store clerk examine it as well.
“You know, I never played Lotto 6/49 for the win. I always played for the dream,” Perry said. “It’s going to take me a little time to really wrap my head around all that has just happened.”
Although he has a country-wide golfing trip to look forward to, the retired senior said he’s most pleased about being able to provide for his family now.
“Family means everything to me. My wife was my best friend and my children and grandchildren are my life,” Perry said. “It fills me with joy to be able to take care of them and to also take care of generations of children that I will probably never meet.”