Today, he’s Canada’s newest millionaire after picking up his $18 millions Tax Free Loto 6/49 jackpot for Saturday St. Patrick’s Day draw.
Since moving to Canada from Sri Lanka six years ago, he'd been playing the lottery and working to bring his wife and two sons, ages 10 and 7, to live with him.
"Shocked," he said of his wife's reaction to the news.
He said his family would be coming "very soon" and then they'd have a big celebration.
He said he'll be buying a house for his family with the winnings.
Luckyrajah Paramanathan, whose first language is Tamil, landed his winning ticket at a Sunny Convenience Store at Eglinton Ave. E. in Scarborough on a free play from a previously purchased ticket.
He said he hadn't decided as yet whether to quit his two jobs – cleaning swimming pools on contract for the city of Toronto and as an apartment maintenance worker.
He'd been earning about $48,000 a year and sharing an apartment in Scarborough with a friend