10/23/2013 10:40 EDT | Updated 12/23/2013 05:12 EST

Donald Worme, High-Profile Saskatoon Lawyer, Wins $15 Million Lotto 649 Jackpot


SASKATOON - A prominent Saskatoon lawyer has won nearly $15 million on Lotto 649.

Donald Worme says at the end of August he stopped at a gas station east of the city and went in to buy a Lotto Max ticket.

Learning he had missed the deadline for that week's draw, the clerk suggested he get a Lotto 649 ticket instead.

On Aug. 31. headlines across the city mentioned someone in Saskatoon had won the jackpot.

But Worme didn't check his ticket right away; instead he sat on it and checked it later at a pharmacy right by his son's school.

It then took him six weeks to come forward to claim the prize.

He said he wanted the dust to settle and to prepare himself for what comes next.

"You see the commercials on TV and you're on a boat and retired," he said after the cheque presentation.

"I've gone through that in my mind and I don't think that's for me."

He said his focus will remain on his family and his law practice.

"There isn't anything in particular that I need," he said. "I've worked hard (my entire) career and I've purchased things that I desired so I have the items I wanted."

Worme, who was raised on the Kawacatoose First Nation, is best known in Saskatchewan for his work in the Neil Stonechild inquiry in 2003, during which he represented Stonechild's family.

In 1990, Stonechild's body was found frozen in a field on the outskirts of Saskatoon. The lengthy inquiry found the 17-year-old had been in police custody right before he died. Two officers were fired, although they denied any involvement and were never convicted of any crime.

Worme has also served as commission counsel for the residential school truth and reconciliation commission.

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