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‘This money will keep me home’

Jonathan Patey stands outside The Social House in downtown St. John's proudly displaying his Set for Life cheque. He chose to take a lump sum of $675,000.
Jonathan Patey stands outside The Social House in downtown St. John's proudly displaying his Set for Life cheque. He chose to take a lump sum of $675,000.

Jonathan Patey, 29, says the best thing about his winning the Set for Life lottery is he can stay home with his family instead of working out of province.

A heavy equipment operator from River of Ponds on the Northern Peninsula, Patey is the province's latest Set For Life winner.
Two months ago, Patey was enroute to Alberta seeking out work and while driving through New Brunswick, he got the call to go to work at the Muskrat Falls Project and "turned around and headed straight back" to Newfoundland. He was happy to be closer to home.
Patey purchased the winning ticket last Sunday night at Sheila’s Northern Grocery in Port aux Choix after he initially cashed in an $8 winner. He then purchased two more tickets. One was a $4 winner and the second, with three identical umbrella icons, was the Set For Life winner. The top prize offers $1,000 a week for 25 years or the lump sum of $675,000. Patey chose the latter. The grocery store will receive one per cent seller’s prize of the top prize amount - $6,750.
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Patey was presented with his cheque by Tom Harris, Newfoundland and Labrador’s regional manager of operations with Atlantic Lotto at The Social House restaurant/bar on Water Street in downtown St. John’s Thursday afternoon.
“Now,” he said, “thanks to Set For Life, I will not have to leave the province for work again. This money will keep me home.”
Patey said his parents were good to him and helped him out a lot through life and he said he can now pay it forward by paying off their mortgage. He’ll also buy himself “a new bike and Ski-doo and a set of wheels” and give his father what he wants for Christmas, “a new Bowflex set.”

jgibbons@thetelegram.com

A heavy equipment operator from River of Ponds on the Northern Peninsula, Patey is the province's latest Set For Life winner.
Two months ago, Patey was enroute to Alberta seeking out work and while driving through New Brunswick, he got the call to go to work at the Muskrat Falls Project and "turned around and headed straight back" to Newfoundland. He was happy to be closer to home.
Patey purchased the winning ticket last Sunday night at Sheila’s Northern Grocery in Port aux Choix after he initially cashed in an $8 winner. He then purchased two more tickets. One was a $4 winner and the second, with three identical umbrella icons, was the Set For Life winner. The top prize offers $1,000 a week for 25 years or the lump sum of $675,000. Patey chose the latter. The grocery store will receive one per cent seller’s prize of the top prize amount - $6,750.
See PLANS page A2
Patey was presented with his cheque by Tom Harris, Newfoundland and Labrador’s regional manager of operations with Atlantic Lotto at The Social House restaurant/bar on Water Street in downtown St. John’s Thursday afternoon.
“Now,” he said, “thanks to Set For Life, I will not have to leave the province for work again. This money will keep me home.”
Patey said his parents were good to him and helped him out a lot through life and he said he can now pay it forward by paying off their mortgage. He’ll also buy himself “a new bike and Ski-doo and a set of wheels” and give his father what he wants for Christmas, “a new Bowflex set.”

jgibbons@thetelegram.com

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