Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Ultimate Luxury Item

From Reuters, via

New chess set for $37-million winner

Wednesday, June 13, 2007
OTTAWA (Reuters) -- Forget luxury cars, an apartment in New York or a big yacht. What the winner of a huge Canadian 6/49 Lottery jackpot really hankers for is a chess set.

Graham Gelineau, a 55-year-old Toronto man who lives alone in a rooming house and relies on disability payments, found himself in a new world after picking up a cheque for $37 million on Monday.

Asked what he would buy with his fortune, Gelineau said, "A new chess set." He also said he might rent an apartment. "I'm flabbergasted. I'm quite happy, to put it mildly," he told reporters.

The jackpot is the largest single prize won by an individual in Ontario.