Fort St. John’s Kim Peck will be shouting yee-hah for a long time and he's got half-a-million reasons why.
The rodeo-loving family man won $500,000 from a Lotto Max draw last month (June 21) by matching all four of the Extra numbers.
"We were at a graduation dinner, and somebody said someone in Fort St. John had won $500,000, which a friend said is not a lot of money anymore, but I thought, 'It's better than a kick in the butt,'" Peck said in a news release when describing how he got the big news.
"When I found out I had won," he explained, "I told my wife and she was pretty happy! She didn't believe me at first until I showed her my ticket."
The 66-year-old has plans to buy some new horses with his riches.
Peck, a hard-working husband, father and grandfather, also wants to use the earnings for retirement and get back into his hobby of rodeo roping.
"(The win) means the bills will all be paid off and the house is ours,” Peck said. I haven't done roping for three years now, and I would like to pick that back up. I have been working a lot in the past, so it will be nice to have more time off."
- with files from Alaska Highway News