$50M lottery win an emotional experience for couple from Manitoba reserve

Kirby Fontaine spent his last $10 on lottery tickets, but it was his wife who came home with the right numbers to win one of the biggest jackpots in Canadian history.

WINNIPEG — Kirby Fontaine spent his last $10 on lottery tickets, but it was his wife who came home with the right numbers to win one of the biggest jackpots in Canadian history.

Marie Fontaine’s winning ticket won the couple from the Sagkeeng First Nation east of Winnipeg $50 million in Saturday’s Lotto Max draw.

The couple’s first public appearance since then was an emotional moment for Kirby Fontaine, who suffered a stroke 10 months ago and started crying when he was asked what the win meant to him.

His wife says the millions will change their lives “in a lot of ways” but they will never forget their roots.

The couple, who have two children, have never been further from home than Calgary and want to travel “all over the world.”

Marie Fontaine bought the winning ticket from a convenience store.