Wolfville lotto win an engagement promise kept – 18 years later

Black River couple wins $675,000 on scratch ticket

Wendy Elliott welliott@kingscountynews.ca
Published on March 22, 2016

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

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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.