Opinion: Someone won build-your-own-McMansion money, but please don't

Chris Campbell

If you won a mega-jackpot in the lottery, would you buy a house or build your own?

Because someone just won $9 million in the Lotto 649 – enough cash to build your dream house.

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Personally, I don’t have the patience to go through the kind of process involved in building a house. Or the trust to hand over lots of money to a potentially shady building contractor.

Who would want the headaches that goes along with that?

I’d rather buy an existing home, but some people want to put their own fingerprints on the place they call home.

I respect that, as long as they don’t build one of those gaudy McMansions that are a blight on our urban landscapes. The last thing we need is another generic McMansion with giant white columns erected in front of the entrance and marble lions at the front of the driveway.

Sorry, I’m a bit of an architecture snob.

It was a single ticket sold in Ontario that claimed the $9 million jackpot in Saturday night's Lotto 649 draw.

The draw's guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Quebec.

The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Aug, 21 will be approximately $5 million.

  • With files from the Canadian Press

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