CHEO lottery win a family affair


A three-pack of lottery tickets is the best $250 Mike Viau has ever spent.

The Kemptville handyman, who sold his house and moved in with his parents to take care of his ailing father, has won the grand prize package in the CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Lottery, worth more than $1.8 million.

“Whoa, I couldn’t believe it,” said Viau, 44.

For Christmas, he bought three tickets for himself and his parents, Madeleine and Maurice Viau, and put all their names on each one.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” said Madeleine, after entering the $1.6 million home at 120 Gray Willow Place in Manotick’s Butternut Creek community Wednesday afternoon.

Mike, who owns a painting and drywall business, was painting a neighbour’s garage when he found out he won.

The Viau family scored the fully furnished house, $100,000 cash, a 2012 Lincoln MKZ hybrid, house cleaning for a year and $5,000 in groceries.

Maurice has Parkinson’s disease and is in a wheelchair.

The family said they’re not sure if they’ll live in the house or sell it.

“We’re going to have to let it sink in,” said Mike.

The Viau family weren’t the only winners.

Dave Stewart took second prize, worth about $157,000 including $100,000 cash, a 2012 Ford Mustang convertible, a cruise, and $10,000 in jewelry.


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