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2012-04-13 at 14:30

Big winners: Local couple win million-dollar 6/49 jackpot

By Leith Dunick,
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Thunder Bay’s millionaire count grew by two on Friday.

Antonio (Tony) and Karen Biscardi are the latest big winners, matching six of six numbers in Wednesday’s Lotto 6/49 to earn a one-third share of the draw’s top prize.

The BIscardi’s, who collected their winnings on Friday, take home $1.079 million. The win comes on the heels of last month’s $50-million Lotto Max jackpot win by Louis and Jo-Anne Chikoski.

It was welcome news for the hard-luck couple. Karen Biscardi survived an ovarian cancer scare, finishing chemotherapy just three weeks ago, while three years ago Antonio broke his back in a car accident.

"The birth of our granddaughter was our saving grace in remaining hopeful over the past couple months,” said Karen, a salon owner. who intends to keep working. “The win came at just the right time.”

The Thunder Bay couple says it still hasn’t sunk in.

“It’s surreal right now,” Karen said, reached by phone on Friday.

Plans for the money are practical, 52-year-old Antonio added.

“We’re going to pay our mortgage off and pay our bills off and put the rest away for retirement,” he said.

Asked how close they are to retiring, their good fortune started to hit home a little, a chuckling Karen said, adding later they may set a little money aside to have a holiday.

“Obviously we can retire now,” she said.

The couple learned of their win on Thursday morning.

“My husband was going to drive to the store, but I had this feeling and I gave him the ticket and I said, ‘Check this, I want the house finished.’ And I said, Maybe we’re winners and we can get the house fixed.’

“So he went online and checked it on this website I didn’t recognize. I thought he was goofing off. And I checked it in the newspaper and the numbers matched, so we were like, ‘OK, this is real.”

The Biscardis then verified their win at the Thunder Bay Casino.

The couple bought the winning ticket at a Mac’s Convenience Store on Brown Street.


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peas08 says:
Good for them. Enjoy :)
4/13/2012 2:43:02 PM
eddylives says:
Sweet!....awsome for you guys ;)
4/13/2012 3:13:20 PM
vimeo says:
ok, three's a charm....we need one more in this town.
4/13/2012 3:54:25 PM
ring of fire dude says:
Very deserving winners !
4/13/2012 4:21:39 PM
realist says:
The Biscardi's live a street over from me and they are really nice people.

I've known Tony for more than 20 years, we first met when he was doing live sound in a bar I worked at.

Cheers to them!
4/13/2012 4:26:49 PM
countrychick says:
Good for them! I think iam going to start buying lotto tickets this city is starting to get lucky first the 50 mil winners now they won just over 1 million!!!
4/13/2012 5:33:53 PM
outsider9 says:
good for you guys, sounds like you have been through some tough times, enjoy!
4/13/2012 5:44:08 PM
ThunderBayFullOfCrime says:
YAY congrats!
4/13/2012 6:01:13 PM
newshound says:
Welcome to the Millionaire Club!! Congrats and enjoy life!
4/13/2012 7:56:09 PM
anonnymouse says:
They were already winners...with her having made it through chemo. Yay for them - absolutely wonderful news. I hope they enjoy every penny.
4/13/2012 8:04:13 PM
lux says:
First 2 million on the Heart and Stroke, then the 50 million and now this one. This is crazy! Congratulations to all the winners!
4/13/2012 10:38:01 PM
jimmyboy says:
AWESOME.....for a couple who clearly can really use the win, all things considered...retire and enjoy the balance of your lives together...;)
4/14/2012 9:51:53 AM
Citazen says:
Wow, what luck in Thunder Bay. 1 Million, Wow!
Hope they tipped the dealer or donate some place!
4/14/2012 10:16:26 AM
debt collector says:
Tipped the dealer? They didn't win at the Casino and if you are referring the place of purchase, that dealer already gets a percentage from OLG.

You clearly didn't read the story because if you had you'd realize Tony was in a seriously car accident and Karen just went through chemo, I'd say the money is exactly where is belongs.
4/14/2012 12:14:06 PM
T.O.Guy says:
To add to Lux's comments , somebody also won a million this year here on the 649 encore , plus there has been 6 winners on the heart and stroke lottery caledar. One $100 000 and five $5000 .
4/14/2012 2:44:44 PM
itshell says:
I hope this is the start of an epidemic ;)
4/16/2012 7:07:36 AM
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