A Courtenay man and goat farmer will, in fact, be thickening his herd, after winning big on a lottery prize last month.

Robert de Haas scored $1 million on a Lotto Max ticket from June 15, in an experience that left him feeling a bit sheepish.

“I was at the Shell gas station in Courtenay just checking my tickets, and it was the last one I checked,” de Haas says.

“There was a guy standing behind me and he asked if he just saw right. To be honest, at first I thought there was a decimal.”

The winning ticket was bought at the Peninsula Co-Op in Campbell River. de Haas says his wife didn’t believe him at first, perhaps thinking he was pulling the wool over her eyes.

“I had to take a screenshot from when I checked it on my phone and send it to her.”

In addition to getting some new goats, de Haas says he has plans to rebuild the barn he and his wife own. Whatever is left of his winnings after that will be used for their retirement.

Who knows? Maybe ewe could be the next winner.

*Note: Victoria Buzz is not affiliated with BC Lottery Corporation and does not advocate gambling or taking part in lotteries. If you choose to participate, remember to play responsibly.

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