Wood drew the ace of diamonds in Wednesday night’s Chase the Ace draw, going home with the consolation prize of $210,107.
Wood, his wife, and two young children were sitting in their car on Ruby Line, when they realized they had the winning number.
“We didn’t think we had a chance,” said Wood. “But the kids kept saying ‘you never know.’”
Wood told The Telegram he got out of the car, and started running as fast as he could.
“While I was running, I saw my friend Paul, and he gave me his mountain bike,” said Wood. “So then I started going cracked on the bike, yelling that I had the number.”
Wood is a fire fighter with St. John’s Regional Fire Department.
“I told my son Jacob, that if we win I’ll buy him a four-wheeler,” said Wood. “He’s got me drove nuts for it.”
“This money means that my wife can be a stay at home mom for a little longer,” said Wood. “And not have to go back to work so soon.”
Mark Mallay was the 50/50 winner of the night, going home with $282,157.
He told The Telegram that the ticket belonged to his mother, who only purchased $10 worth.
13-year-old Lucas Dwyer of Goulds is also going home with some cash — but he’s not keeping it for himself.
“Get your ice-cold water for only $1,” yelled Lucas as people lined up to buy their tickets.
By early afternoon on Wednesday, Lucas had already raised $70, for the Janeway Hospital.
“There are kids that need help, and kids that are suffering, from cancer and all other illnesses,” said Lucas. “I just want to help them.”
“Nevaeh Denine inspired me to do this,” said Lucas. “She’s suffering from cancer. It’s incredible to see how that little girl pushes through every day.”
A medical emergency delayed Wednesday nights draw for around 15 minutes.
If the ace of spades had been picked, the prize awarded would have been over $1.7 million.
Nine cards remain for next week’s Chase the Ace draw in Goulds.