Maurice Ducharme, a retired autoworker and World War II veteran, told the Toronto Sun he's been playing the Lotto 6/49 game since it started in June 1982 but never won anything substantial.
He said while the win felt "magnanimous," it made him miss his wife more. She died two years ago, he said.
However, the father of four and grandfather of eight said he didn't miss the irony of winning the jackpot last Saturday, which was his mother's birthday.
"I don't know if she had anything to do with it," Ducharme said. "Between her and my wife, maybe they cooked something up."
Ducharme said apart from sharing the windfall with his family, he's planning trips to Barbados and Florida and is considering buying a new Ford Mustang, the report said.