A Fugues columnist hits the jackpot

A Fugues columnist hits the jackpot
A Fugues columnist hits the jackpot

Our columnist Robert Gareau had quite a surprise when checking his La Grande Vie lottery ticket: he was the winner of an annuity of $1,000 per day for life, won in the draw on April 25. The least we can say is that the stars were aligned that night, for the man who has been signing the horoscope in Fugues for 30 years.

This victory transformed a night of stargazing into a night of sleepless excitement for Robert, who had been playing this lottery for pure pleasure since its launch in 2016. Passionate about astrology, Robert writes the horoscope every month in Fugues since 1994. He checked his ticket in the middle of the night, at 4 a.m. That’s when he realized he had just won the jackpot. “I had difficulty going back to sleep afterwards,” he adds with a laugh.

Robert says he knew luck would smile on him one day. “I always knew I would win at some point and that’s why I always bought tickets.” In the horoscope that he signed in last April’s Fugues, he predicted that Jupiter would “guide the native of Aries so that he becomes more prosperous. (…) Which announces a sudden event on the money side. The surprise will be total for several Aries.

They will see their wealth increase suddenly.” Premonitory you say? Happy, but still quite calm in the face of this financial upheaval, Robert decided to pocket $7 million, rather than the daily amount of $1000 for the rest of his life. The other option would have earned him an annual amount of $365,000/year, until the end of his days. “While I love the concept of earning $1,000 a day for life — it’s fun! — I preferred the lump sum option and the excitement that comes with winning a large amount in one go.”

The new millionaire hasn’t said anything about what he wants to do with all this money. He said he wanted to take the time to think about it. “I learned to live on a small budget. I don’t realize it yet,” he explained. He suggested that he would like to buy a new bike, indicating that his was stolen two years ago, then purchasing a condo and probably a convertible car. He would also like to get a good telescope, just to continue looking at the stars! For the moment, this astrology enthusiast intends to continue his column in Fugues.

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