A mixture of disbelief and relief were the feelings that came to mind when Victoria’s Virginia and Donald Johnson found out they matched all ten numbers in the Lotto 6/49 draw held on May 29, 2019, to win the guaranteed $1 million prize.
“The first person I told was my husband,” said Virginia. “I noticed the guarantee winner, so I checked it. Don was downstairs, and I think he asked if I was telling the truth and if I was going to check on it right away.”
The former Winnipeg residents moved to Victoria for retirement 30 years ago, and are excited about the new opportunities that await.
“We have been buying [tickets] since 6/49 started, I never dreamed we would win one of the big ones,” Virginia said with a laugh. “I don’t think this changes my life, it gives me freedom – we have more freedom in our choices.”
The pair enjoy travelling and going on cruises and plan to use its winnings to continue to see the world. “We want to go on these river cruises that travel through different countries,” says Donald. “To me it’s amazing. I think it will really set in when I get that cheque.”
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Lotto 6/49 is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 7:30 p.m. (PT). Each draw includes a Guaranteed Prize Draw of $1 million. Players can purchase tickets at any lottery retailer or at PlayNow.com. Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices.
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