Wolfville lotto win an engagement promise kept – 18 years later

Wendy Elliott
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 Debbie and Budd Hancock celebrate their lotto win in a March 22 event in Wolfville

Black River couple wins $675,000 on scratch ticket

WOLFVILLE –  Budd Hancock keeps his promises.

When he first met his wife Debbie,  Budd joked that, if she agreed to marry him, he’d win the lottery for her. Last week, he made good on that promise when he won Atlantic Lottery’s Set for Life Scratch’N Win ticket.

In front of friends and family March 22, the Black River couple collected a lump sum payment of $675,000 at the Privet House Restaurant.

“We’ve been married almost 18 years, so I’d been joking that he’d better get on it,” Debbie said. “It’s crazy really, how it worked out.”

Budd plays regularly, but had to drive back to the lotto booth in the County Fair Mall in New Minas just to verify his win. Since then, he said, he has received lots of advice on what to do with his prize.

The Hancocks intend to pay off their vehicles and Budd is likely going to retire from his work at Kentville Toyota. Debbie says she thinks she’d like to contribute more volunteer time.

The couple has no children, but Debbie says their two cats are likely to be even more spoiled now.

The Lotto Booth in New Minas will receive a one per cent sellers’ prize. The Hancocks’ win is the second Set for Life win in the last week.

Organizations: Privet House Restaurant

Geographic location: Black Rock, New Minas

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Recent comments

  • Jill Chongva
    March 23, 2016 - 08:07

    And it couldn't happen to a nicer pair! Congratulations Debbie & Budd! I'm absolutely thrilled for you!

  • Jacqui Grist
    March 22, 2016 - 22:07

    Debbie , we read about your win down here in Florida and just wanted to pass on our congratulations! Could happen to a nicer couple!!!

  • Paulette Mac Mullin
    March 22, 2016 - 20:14

    I cannot agree more!!! So well deserved! Good things really do come to good people❤️

  • Dawn Russell
    March 22, 2016 - 18:53

    Oh Debbie - I am sooo happy for both of you to hear this wonderful news, just scrolling through Facebook! This literally could not happen to better people.....time for a little fun and some great security....Dawn xoxo

  • Pepsi Millett
    March 22, 2016 - 14:12

    Congrats to you both! :):)

  • Kim Pineo
    March 22, 2016 - 13:00

    Couldn't have happened to a nicer couple. So happy for you guys.