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Lotto win for Alberta man who lost house in Fort McMurray fire

Bill Pendergast with his novelty cheque Image copyright Courtesy Atlantic Lottery
Image caption Bill Pendergast says he will buy himself a Mustang car

A Canadian couple who lost their home in a massive wildfire two years ago has found themselves C$1m ($795,000; £572,000) richer.

Bill Pendergast and his wife home burned down in a wildfire dubbed "The Beast" due to its size and ferocity.

The fire devastated Alberta's Fort McMurray in 2016 - about 10% of all structures in the town were destroyed.

On a recent trip to visit his ill father in Newfoundland, Mr Pendergast bought a lotto ticket on a whim.

His father had asked him to pick up a "cold 7 Up" drink at the store. He bought a Lotto 6/49 ticket at a local petrol station as well.

He was staying at his aunt's house when he woke up on Sunday 4 February to a commotion. A winning ticket had been purchased at the petrol station.

He drove straight over and the store confirmed the win.

Mr Pendergast, 50, called his wife, who immediately booked a ticket from Fort McMurray to Newfoundland.

"This is all like a dream," he said.

The family plans on booking a trip somewhere warm and will finish rebuilding and furnishing their home.

Mr Pendergast also had one other dream to fulfil.

"I have always wanted a Mustang, and I will finally have one, I'm 100% sure of that," he said.

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