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Saying ‘yes’ to Extra pays off for Nanaimo office lottery pool


It was a good thing Linda Schmidt opted to say ‘yes’ to the Extra when picking up a lottery ticket for her office pool. Her decision paid off to the tune of $500,000 in the February 24, 2016 Lotto 6/49 draw!

“I was thinking of saying no to the Extra but I’m glad I didn’t,” smiled Schmidt. “I couldn’t believe it when I checked the ticket at the store and saw that we won!”

The group consists of 24 colleagues from Vancouver Island University and as the group trustee, Schmidt speaks for everyone when she says this is an exciting time!

“Everyone is super excited because this is the first time any of us have won anything. We’ll all be celebrating,” exclaimed Schmidt.

The group will continue to play the lottery and may even have a few new members by the next draw.

“The news spread pretty quickly and so many people at work want to join our group now,” laughed Schmidt.

The winning ticket was purchased at Country Grocer on Bowen Road in Nanaimo.

Did you know that gaming revenue is used to support local cultural attractions? The City of Nanaimo uses a portion of its share of provincial gaming revenue generated at Casino Nanaimo to help fund the Nanaimo Museum, keeping its permanent collections and special exhibits open to the public, when you play with BCLC you Play it Forward.

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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