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October 15, 2021

$1M Scratch’N Win prize for N.L. woman was no dream

ST. JOHN’S (N.L.) – The day after Josephine Hawkins of Brigus South, N.L. shared the news of her $1-million win on the Big 10 Scratch’N Win game with her husband, he thought it must have been a dream.

“After he got into bed, I told him ‘I have good news, I won $1 million,’” Hawkins said. “He went to sleep and the next day he said, ‘Did I have a dream you won $1 million?’”

The Big 10 top-prize win was no dream, although it did take some time for the news to sink in.

“It’s unreal until you see it in your bank account,” Hawkins said. “It feels great to know you won’t have any more financial concerns and that your children and grandchildren will be taken care of.”

Hawkins, who has been officially retired for 10 years, has two children and three grandchildren with whom she is looking forward to celebrating her win.

“We’re going to all celebrate together over Thanksgiving dinner,” Hawkins said. “We’ve got lots to be thankful for now.”

Plans for her winnings include purchasing herself a new luxury vehicle and making some upgrades to her and her husband’s home. Hawkins also intends to buy a new all-terrain motorized wheelchair for her husband to give him more freedom and independence.

Hawkins is also looking forward to when the COVID-19 pandemic eases and travel becomes safe again. She has hopes of returning to Vancouver soon to visit family, another girls’ trip to Las Vegas and a vacation to Miami.

Hawkins bought the winning Big 10 ticket at O’Brien’s Clover Farm in Cape Broyle, N.L. The retailer will receive a one per cent seller’s prize.

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Media contact:
Greg Weston
Atlantic Lottery Communications Strategist
506-867-5800 ext. 5569


Backgrounder: About Big 10

·       Big 10 (4048) is a national Scratch’N Win game that launched January 6, 2021. 

·       Big 10 offers ten top prizes of $1,000,000.

·       Two top prizes are still available to be won.