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“Right now, I’m retired!”: Burgoyne's Cove couple Set for Life after lottery win

Rose and Wilson Coish celebrate their Set for Life lottery win.
Rose and Wilson Coish celebrate their Set for Life lottery win. - Jonathan Parsons

Wilson and Rose Coish opt for $675,000 lump sum cash prize payout

BURGOYNE’S COVE, N.L.

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
CANADA

“Retirement has come earlier for me and I plan on enjoying every minute!” says Wilson Coish after accepting his lottery winnings of $675,000.

The winners speaking at the official presentation at the Clarenville Inn on Sept. 13.
The winners speaking at the official presentation at the Clarenville Inn on Sept. 13.

After Wilson and Rose Coish of Burgoyne’s Cove won the Atlantic Lottery’s Set for Life Scratch’N Win ticket, Wilson says he’s glad to retire after working hard for years, including 10 years shoveling rock at the local slate mine and working at the crab plant in Hickman’s Harbour for the past 17 years.

“The past couple years have been a struggle to get enough hours at the crab,” said Wilson. “I won’t be worrying about that anymore.”

The couple accepted the lump sum payment of $675,000 as their prize instead of the $1,000 a week for 25 years.

The presentation was officially held on Thursday morning, Sept. 13, at the Clarenville Inn.

Rose says she had the ticket—unscratched—in her purse for two days before sitting down to discover she had won the grand prize. She was alone in the house and when Wilson came back from cutting wood, she got him to confirm the good news she suspected.

While Wilson then wanted to go back in the woods, she made him accompany her to the store to check the ticket.

“I didn’t get to go back in the woods that day,” he laughed.

Rose says she doesn’t have any immediate plans to make a big purchase and treat herself, but Wilson has decided he will get himself a new snowmobile. His broke down a few years ago and he plans on buying one to replace it.

They also plan to share some of their winnings with their two adult sons, who were in attendance at the announcement.

In addition to the Coishes’ big win, Judy Strong of Strong’s Cash Store in Harcourt will receive a one per cent seller’s prize as part of the payout.

Atlantic Lottery account manager Vernon Hoben presenting the couple with their cheque.
Atlantic Lottery account manager Vernon Hoben presenting the couple with their cheque.

Rose says when they told Strong about their win, she was more excited than they were.

“She came around the counter and gave both of us a hug each and congratulated us,” recalls Rose. “(She) started to cry almost.”

And for Wilson and Rose, their life is now completely changed for the better.

“I was out sitting on the deck and I had my feet throwed up across the table,” says Wilson. “I looked at Rose and said, “’If this is the way it’s going to be from now on, we’ve got nothing to worry about, only our health and that’s it!’”

This was the third top prize for Set for Life awarded in Newfoundland and Labrador this year and there are four prizes remaining in the current series of the game in stores now.

Jonathan.parsons@thepacket.ca

Twitter: @jejparsons

Account manager Corey Penny presenting Judy Strong with the one per cent seller’s winnings.
Account manager Corey Penny presenting Judy Strong with the one per cent seller’s winnings.

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