Two Manitobans each win $1 million lottery prizes

Officially, two Manitobans are millionaires.

The Western Canadian Lottery Corporation (WCLC), announced Monday that Jim Konowalchuk from Winnipeg and Thompson’s Conrad Hykawy from Thompson had each won $1,000,000.

The WCLC announced that Konowalchuk had won $1 million in the February 16 LOTTO 6/49 drawing. He bought his winning ticket at Norman Park Car Wash, St. Mary’s Road.

He claimed he couldn’t believe his eyes when he matched his ticket number to the guaranteed prize draw.

He said,

After I found out what I had won, in a news release.

I said, ‘Get up! We won a million dollars!

Konowalchuk stated that he is still deciding what to do about his prize.

Konowalchuk stated,

Before thought we might sell our house and purchase a condo. Now, we will sit on it and absorb everything. This win could not have come at a better moment. We can now help the children without worrying about money.


Hykawy discovered he had won the February 17 $1 Million Western Max prize. He was on a recent Winnipeg trip and returned to Thompson as a millionaire.

He claimed that he had to scan the ticket several times because he couldn’t see how many zeroes were on his winnings.

Hykawy believed he had won $100,000 at first, but he kept quiet about the prize.

He said that he didn’t speak for about a week and a half, but that he didn’t want people getting too excited.

Hykawy made sure he sat down when he decided to call WCLC.

He said,

They told me that I had won a million. It was unbelievable!

Hykawy bought his winning ticket at Northway Gas and Convenience, 50 Selkirk St., Thompson. He said that he will use the money to purchase a new truck and travel to Cuba when it’s safer.