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By the time pastor Chris Haley found out at the end of Saturday, he won $ 1 million because Winnipeg Jets striker Patrick Lane scored five goals in one game in the NHL, he had already written his sermon the next morning.
The topic was money.
“Oddly enough, I was ready, the sermon was for money. The love of money is the root of all evil. You can't fall in love with her, ”Hayley said Wednesday at a press conference at the Safeway River East Henderson Highway store, where he and his wife, Karen, make the most of their grocery shopping.
Haley won the Sobeys Safeway Score & Win contest, which pays out $ 1 million if a Jets player scores five or more goals in one game. Customers of the grocery giant are automatically entered into the competition using the Air Miles card. The name of one buyer eligible to receive a prize is set before each game in the regular season and the NHL playoffs.
The competition also pays out $ 100,000 if a Jets player scores four goals in the game – Haley’s total winnings will be $ 1.1 million and he will also receive $ 1,000 in Sobeys Safeway gift cards for a hat-trick (three goals).
It goes without saying that his first purchase will not be a sports car: the first thing a couple plans to buy are new glasses. And do not call Haley "pastor millionaire" – the money will be paid in the amount of 50,000 dollars over 20 years.
“I'm not a millionaire yet,” he said.
Haley did not watch the game — an 8–4 victory over St. Blues in St. Louis — so there was no tension or drama when the vision of the targets accumulated one after the other. Of course, he attended a church event.
When he looked at his mobile phone and saw the lyrics, asking if he was Chris Haley in the Score & Win contest that was going on during the TV show, he replied that he did not think so.
When he returned home, Karen asked if he had anything he wanted to tell her: there were voice messages in the media on the phone.
Shortly after 10 pm, the participant called, checked to see if he had the appropriate Air Miles card number, and confirmed that he had won. Haley later put the finishing touches on the sermon the next day for the Berean Baptist Church in North Kildonan.
However, he said that he was not ready to talk publicly about an event that changes life. In part, he had difficulty believing that it was real.
"My personality:" Do not lose your mind, just keep your feet on the floor. " My wife and I have talked a lot about this over the past couple of days. Continue to continue. We will not leave from the deep end.
Hayley works full-time during the day and spends evenings and weekends doing pastoral work: “This is a small church and they cannot afford to pay me a salary” – and they rarely have time to watch the game “Jets”. He said that he would be more likely to listen to broadcasts on his car radio, traveling between church meetings.
Haley was invited to take part in the Jets-Pittsburgh Penguins game on Tuesday at Bell MTS Place and said that he was touched by the pre-game meeting with Lane's mother. “She came up and she hugged my wife and she cried. She was such a nice lady. ”
He also met with Laine after the game and thanked him. (“He just said he was grateful to be a part of it,” said Haley).
On Wednesday, Haley said: “I would like to thank God for that. I know that some people may not appreciate it, but I am a pastor, and I believe that this is a gift from God. ”
TSN Transformer Gord Miller continues the competition, pointing out that Lane did not win five goals, but performed the feat in the minimum five shots – something that didn’t happen, as NHL legend Wayne Gretzky did the same in 1984.
Haley was presented with a giant cardboard 1.1 millionth check at the ceremony.
“For a grocery retailer, this is like a Stanley Cup for me,” said Scott Chollak, vice president of retail operations at Sobeys Safeway.
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