76-year-old Christian wins $117-m Super Lotto Jackpot

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Super Lotto winner W Gordon signs the necessary paperwork to claim his $117-million jackpot at the handover event on Tuesday, at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Looking on are (from left) Simone Clarke-Cooper, assistant vice-president, Supreme Ventures Group Corporate Communications; Rachael Dixon, assistant Super Lotto finance analyst at International Game Technology, and Marcia Richardson from the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission.

 

Source: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com

JAMAICA — A 76-year-old retired parish council worker from Trelawny, on Tuesday took home a cheque for $117 million for winning a share of the June 16 Super Lotto.

The pensioner, identified only as W Gordon from Granville near Falmouth, was masked in a red, green and gold tam with hanging locks covering his face.

Despite his sporting locks, however, Gordon confessed that he is a devout Methodist who attends church in Falmouth and believes that God had a hand in his luck.

“I believe in God and he supplies my needs. I am thankful. I don’t plan on moving or doing anything different. I will maintain my Christian fortitude,” he told the Supreme Ventures team.

Gordon told the Jamaica Observer at the handover event Tuesday at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, that he retired from working in 1998, after being employed by parish councils, now municipal corporations, in his hometown of Falmouth, as well as in St James and Hanover.

He was not sure what he would do with his new wealth, but noted that he had bought another ticket already, in the meantime. He had said that he wanted to reach home in time that Tuesday to purchase a second ticket for that night’s draw, as he would not stop playing the game.

Gordon, who has been playing the local Lotto and the regional Super Lotto for more than 10 years, almost threw away the lucky ticket after being given the wrong results for the June 16 draw by a neighbour.