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B.C. man who wins $35.7 million has plans for a Canucks game and a Texas ranch

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Canada's newest multimillionaire is still trying to grasp the concept of winning $35.7 million in Friday's Lotto Max draw.

David Rennie of Campbell River, B.C., says he was shaking so hard after being told of the win that he couldn't dial the phone to call his wife with the news.

"It's just unreal. It still is unreal really, I don't even know, ah,'' he said trailing off to silence.

When Rennie checked his ticket Saturday morning he was expecting to win a possible dollar or two or a free ticket, instead the machine went blank for a few seconds and then trumpeted that he won over $35 million.

"I thought 'no way,''' he recalled. "I think I put my head down on the desk and then I started hooting an hollering and screaming and people were congratulating me, I was shaking.''

The 48-year-old warehouseman told his boss he wasn't coming in for work on Tuesday while he and his family take a helicopter ride to Vancouver to pick up a cheque.

The former logger has worked the last 16 years for steel distributor A.J. Forsyth in Campbell River. He said he won't quit his job until he gets the cheque in his hand.

"I just told them I was taking Tuesday off,'' he chuckled. "I don't want to burn my bridges before I get that money.''

The family also plans to take in the Vancouver Canucks playoff game against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, after friends of his purchased the best tickets available.

Because of the Victoria Day holiday he won't be able to get the money on Monday.

"I'm losing a day's interest,'' Rennie joked.

Rennie's wife, Sandra, shows quarter horses and he says they're already talking about buying a ranch in Texas.

His 18-year-old son likes to golf and they're planning to attend the U.S. Open golf championship.

He plans to buy his parents -- who are in their mid-70s -- a home and of course take care of all of the bills.

"Rogers just texted my wife's cell phone and says she's $10 over on her text charges. That was pretty funny. We said that's alright, we can look after that.''

For now, Rennie says he's taking the win one day at a time.

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