03/15/2013 04:49 EDT | Updated 05/15/2013 05:12 EDT

David Chaykowski, Saskatchewan Man, Wins $30M Lottery Jackpot


SASKATOON - It's literally a dream come true for northern Saskatchewan resident David Chaykowski, who has won a Lotto Max jackpot.

Chaykowski, from Big River, northwest of Prince Albert, is $30 million richer and is facing the decision of how to divvy up his winnings.

Chaykowski, who is 59, says he bought the ticket for the March 8 draw at a Big River gas station and dreamed last weekend that he was splitting up millions with his family.

The next day his daughter informed him the lucky ticket had been purchased in Saskatchewan, so Chaykowski immediately checked his ducat and discovered he had won.

He says he promised his mother years ago she would be the first person he called if he ever won the lottery — and he held true to his promise.

And just like in his dream, he plans to share his winnings with his family.

Chaykowski, accompanied by his wife Gloria, picked up his cheque in Saskatoon on Friday. He said he looks forward to retiring.

"I'm happy, but it's still not sinking in," he exclaimed.

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