Winner, Winner: African immigrant wins back-to-back jackpots
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.
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.