PayDay for lucky Ponoka man

Richard Hinkley is a little closer to realizing his dream.

Richard Hinkley won the top prize of $1

It might not be this year, or even next, but Richard Hinkley is a little closer to realizing his dream.

The Ponoka man won the top prize of $1,000 a week for life on PayDay and plans to attend the Olympics.

His advance play ticket for 25 draws, including July 22, was purchased from Stampede Esso on Highway 2A. “I have played PayDay since the beginning,” Hinkley explained. He selects his own numbers that are mainly composed of family birthdates.

The morning after the draw he checked the winning numbers online. “I was screaming inside!

“I had to look at the computer about five times,” Hinkley recalled when he discovered his win.

Hinkley opted to take the one-time lump sum payment of $675,000. He plans to do some travelling with his winnings. “I would like to go on holidays, specifically somewhere sporting events are involved.”

Then he added, “Maybe I’ll even go to the Olympics!”

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