A Sudbury man’s routine of ending the graveyard shift by picking up a lottery ticket has paid off in big way.

Marcel Leclaire took home $1 million with Encore, following the September 2 LOTTO 6/49 draw.  

“I play Encore every single time because it gives me another chance to win,” said Leclaire, in a media release issued by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, issued on Monday.

“I checked my tickets at home and at first I thought I won $1,000 and then $10,000 but quickly I realized I had ALL the numbers - $1 Million!”

Leclaire said he raced to the store to use the ticket checker to confirm his big win.

A friend of the store owner, he was happy to share his winning moment with her.

“When we saw a million dollars come up on the screen the owner was overwhelmed just like me – she was very happy for my big win,” he said.

Visiting loved ones is in the plans for Leclaire’s big windfall.

“I have seven brothers and sisters who live in Ontario and across Canada, including British Columbia. My dream is to travel west to visit family, taking time to see the country and reconnect with the people I love.”

The winning ticket was purchased at Petro Canada on Lorne Street in Sudbury.