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‘Extra’ special anniversary for Kamloops couple


For their 44th wedding anniversary, Kamloops resident Scott Hunka bought his parents a Lotto 6/49 ticket.

“I had a weird feeling when I gave my parents the ticket,” recalled Scott. As it turned out, his intuition was right. His decision to say ‘yes’ to the Extra made for a $500,000 anniversary present for his parents on the April 11, 2015 draw.

Scott has played the lottery for more than a decade and the same can be said for his father, John Hunka. A few years ago, the two made a pact to split the jackpot if either of them won; this makes Scott a big winner, too.

John’s wife self-checked the ticket and had to calm herself down when she learned they won on the Extra. The first thing John did after seeing the win was to scream “I love you, dear!”

Since John and Bernice are retired, they plan on putting their portion of the winnings toward enjoying retirement. “Twenty years ago I would have had a lengthy list of things to buy with this money but now, it’s all going toward our retirement,” smiled John.

As for Scott, he plans on being responsible with his portion of the jackpot. “My wife is an accountant so I’ll bet we will either save the money or put it toward our mortgage.”

The Hunka family will host a big family dinner to celebrate their win and will likely order in Chinese food – a family favourite. “I’m really looking forward to seeing what our fortune cookie reads,” joked John.

The winning ticket was purchased at the Hasty Market at 1105 8th Street in Kamloops.

Say ‘Yes’ to the Extra for the chance to win up to $500,000. Extra is available with Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max, and BC/49 at any BCLC lottery retailer or at  

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