Wayne Hiltz bought a $20 winning scratch ticket Thursday afternoon at Powell's Supermarket, after finding out that his usual brand of cigarettes was out of stock.
Soon after, grocery manager Sylvia Rose recalled, a surprised Hiltz came back to confirm that he had just hit the $2-million jackpot.
"Well, everybody was so excited, everybody was screaming — of course — and shouting and clapping," said Rose. "So excited for the gentleman."
'The man on the bicycle'
The Hiltzes had been living on government support in a small, low-income apartment complex.
Wayne Hiltz had been known around town as "the man on the bicycle" because he couldn't afford a car.
But on Tuesday afternoon, he was at the Bay Roberts Ford dealership, getting a fast, new car —a Shelby Cobra.
"I'm taking that old bike, and I'm going to hang it in my garage, remind me where I was and where I am," said Hiltz.
The official cheque presentation is scheduled for tomorrow at Powell's supermarket.