A mother of three from Hamilton, Ontario, who recently separated from her husband, found herself Canada's newest dollar millionaire this week when she won first prize in the Canadian Olympic Lottery.
GV Hall and fan-fare
CU Compere announcing in English repeated in French.
CU Teleprinter printing winning number (2 shots)
SV Audrey Robb working on telex and shaking hands with colleagues (3 shots)
SCU Winner interviewed
COMPERE: "There are two winning numbers remaining. And if you bought a ticket either one of these numbers may make you Canada's newest millionaire. The money, of course, is tax free. And if you should win, it must be collected within a year of the drawing date.
FRENCH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS.
The winning numbers one-eight-six-three-six-seven-seven.
COMMENTATOR: "Audrey Robb is a teletype operator at the Westinghouse plant in Hamilton. She and her husband separated recently, and her hundred-and-thirty-three dollar a week job and her three children were the most important things in her life. Last might, the lucky draw changed all that. Mrs. Robb went of for a normal working day and the "phone started to ring. By noon, she had had enough and decided to escape. She talked about the big win before leaving and declared that she won't spend the million."
MRS. ROBB: "Why should I spend it. I can just spend the interest and still have a million dollars."
QUESTION: "How much interest do you get?"
MRS. ROBB: "A hundred-thousand a year."
QUESTION: "Now are you going to spend that?"
MRS. ROBB: "I don't know, but I tell you, I'm going to enjoy it."
QUESTION: "Have you ever thought of any fanciful dream that you might be able to finance now?
MRS. ROBB: "No, not really."
QUESTION: "No trips, no major purchases?"
MRS. ROBB: "No, I was going to Europe in May with my mother and my daughter, anyway, so that's the one. Maybe I'll go a little classier this time."
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Background: A mother of three from Hamilton, Ontario, who recently separated from her husband, found herself Canada's newest dollar millionaire this week when she won first prize in the Canadian Olympic Lottery.
Until recently, most forms of gambling were forbidden in Canada. Now the lottery is raking in huge sums top help finance the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. Eight of the lotteries are planned and the final profit for the Olympic Organising Committee is expected to be about 100 million dollars towards the 310 million dollar cost of the games.
When the draw was made on Tuesday (19 November), the winner was Mrs. Audrey Robb from Hamilton. She started as if she didn't intend life as a millionaire to change anything -- by going into work the following morning.
Coverage includes the announcement of the winner at Tuesday night's draw and an interview with Mrs. Robb. These are transcribed overpage, together with a linking commentary by CBC reporter Wendy Howard. An on-camera introduction is provided.
SYNOPSIS: Hundreds of thousands of Canadians watched television with bated breath this week to find out which of them had become an instant dollar millionaire. They were watching the draw for one of eight lotteries to finance the 1976 Montreal Olympics. First prize -- one million dollars. A report on the draw ... and the winner.