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Christopher Merk stands outside of the Moose Jaw McDonald's after collecting his $25,000 cheque for his Monopoly win in October.
Vibank man won $25,000 at Moose Jaw McDonald's
Christopher Merk wasn’t excited when he first saw the number $25,000 on a McDonald’s Monopoly piece.
“I didn’t really believe it, actually,” Merk said. “I took a picture and sent it to Stephanie.”
Stephanie Tremblay, Merk’s girlfriend, remembered the picture came with a message.
“It was the little monopoly sticker and it said $25,000 on it. He goes ‘What does this mean?” Tremblay said. “I said ‘I think it means you just won $25,000.’ He didn’t believe me.”
Merk still wasn’t convinced he’d won the prize until he was filling out forms and registered the winning piece. He said he hadn’t paid much attention to the Monopoly contest at all before buying his winning breakfast with a diet Coke. He said that’ll probably change in the future.
He won the prize in October 2013, but just collected his novelty-sized cheque on Friday.
Merk, who lives in Vibank, works at Argyle Steel as a lead hand and has no plans to quit his job.
“No plans to go anywhere else yet,” he said.
As for what he plans on doing with the cash, Merk said there are too many possibilites, but he’s considering looking for a new truck.
Merk and Tremblay are expecting their first child together.
“We’re having a baby any day,” Tremblay said. “So (the money) comes in handy.”
She said there’s nothing major that they need to buy for their anticipated baby boy.
The prize winning piece was an instant win, the third largest prize available in the country. The $1-million and $100,000 prizes were still unclaimed, as of Friday.
“There was only one winner in Saskatchewan,” said Doug Dooley, MacDonald Street McDonald’s franchisee. “It’s just unbelievable. This is amazing.”