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09/11/2018 15:13 EDT | Updated 09/11/2018 15:28 EDT

Manitoba's Melhig Melhig Is A Man So Lucky He Won The Lottery Twice

"I want to improve my English and communication. And I want to learn something useful, like carpentry," the 28-year-old said.

Melhig Melhig, pictured here, has won a $2-million lottery prize just 5 months after he won $1.5 million.
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Melhig Melhig, pictured here, has won a $2-million lottery prize just 5 months after he won $1.5 million.

WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg man has won a $2-million lottery prize — five months after he won $1.5 million.

Melhig Melhig, a double winner with a double name, says he's amazed and happy by his good fortune.

His first win came in April with a scratch ticket bought at a Winnipeg convenience store.

The 28-year old African immigrant then moved his wife and children out of their small apartment and into a new home.

Melhig continued to play the lottery and bought another scratch ticket from a Giant Tiger store in Winnipeg in August.

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He says he now plans to buy a business, such as a gas station or car wash, and go back to school.

"I want to improve my English and communication. And I want to learn something useful, like carpentry," he said in a press release.

Western Canada Lottery Corporation says Melhig isn't the first to win a second million-dollar lottery prize in the Manitoba.

A woman who bought a ticket at her grandson's hockey tournament in Winnipeg won $1 million in 2005, then claimed the same prize two years later after buying another ticket, again, at her grandson's hockey tournament.

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