Neil Larsson, a single dad of three is now planning to get behind the wheel of an Audi A3. But there is one problem – he can’t drive. The overwhelmed Canadian, who’d been down on his luck for years, won a lottery prize of $250,000.
A new house and a trip to the Caribbean with his two sons and daughter is also in the plans. His mom, UK born, was “over the moon”, just like her son. He said: “it was probably the best day of my life, after my children being born”.
The single dad said the sudden stroke of luck (apart from nearly causing a stroke) could not have come at a better time. He’s been swinging between jobs, on and off for the past year. The workers are plenty so the companies are always swapping labor because the contracts allow them to do so.
“After my wife Tracy died, I was working non-stop to support my kids. My mom supported us as much as she could. We never had much to begin with and most of the money went on treating Tracy’s skin cancer. Basically I never got to own a car and never learned how to drive. I had a feeling Tracy’s been watching over us… I just felt it,” he said, with a grin on his face.
It was the second lottery ticket he’d ever bought, and his mom didn’t have the heart to shatter his hopes with statistics and her own experience with lottery. He’d just lost his job again, and the financial situation in the family had been stretched to its limits. Now the ex-iron-worker is helping his kids pack their bags and off they go to catch the Caribbean sun, for the first time in their lives.
We’ll be cheering the happy Canadian family, especially Neil with his driving lessons and all. Drive safe, Neil.