Prince Edward Island man wins $25,000 in lottery

TC Media
Published on July 11, 2014

Shawn Kerr of Belfast won $25,649 in the Atlantic 49 lottery on his July 5 ticket.

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MONCTON — If there was talk of a lottery win in Eldon, P.E.I., this past weekend, resident Shawn Kerr was oblivious to it. 

Kerr was en route to pick up his twin daughters at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival Sunday when he stopped to check his ticket on the self-serve checker. The words “major prize winner” flashed on the screen. 

Kerr had won $25,649 on his July 5 Atlantic 49 ticket.

“I started shaking and immediately tried to call my wife,” Kerr said in a news release from Atlantic Lotto. “There was no answer.” 

When he picked up his daughters, he blurted out the news.

“I said I won $25,649 on the lottery last night,” he said. “They both laughed and replied, ‘Dad you probably only won $2!’” 

When the win actually started to sink in, the disbelieving twins, and Kerr's wife were more than happy to accompany him to Atlantic Lottery’s head office in Moncton, where he traded in his winning ticket for a $25,649 cheque. 

“The winning experience has been very fun and exciting for all of us,” said Kerr.

Kerr plans to use his winnings to pay off some bills and put the remaining amount away in the twins' education fund.