Winners

Bedtime Ticket Check Turns into $24-Million Dream for Aldergrove Man

03/06/2020

Winner receiving a large cheque

Ronald ‘Ron’ Cumiskey had the sweetest dreams of his entire life last Wednesday after realizing right before bed that he had the jackpot-winning ticket from the May 27, 2020 Lotto 6/49 draw, worth a whopping $24,369,459.

Cumiskey was just about to turn out the light when he remembered he hadn’t checked his Lotto 6/49 ticket yet – so he pulled out his phone and his ticket to compare the results.

“I checked it two, three, four times before it finally sank in,” he said. “It’s the dream you never think is going to come true.”

After telling his roommate and his girlfriend about his ginormous jackpot win, he called his boss of more than 20 years. “I said ‘Frank – I’m retiring! You know that (lottery) winner in Aldergrove? That’s me!’”

Cumiskey is the third B.C. resident to win the Lotto 6/49 jackpot in 2020, and claimed his life- changing prize through BCLC’s alternate prize-claim process. In April, White Rock’s Tibor Tusnady won $16 million and in March, Burnaby’s Saeid Ebrahimi won $5 million playing Lotto 6/49.

As for how he plans to spend his prize, Cumiskey says he’s always wanted to visit Pearl Harbor and the East Coast of Canada. But first, his priority is to take care of the people he loves.

“I want to spend it helping the people that are close to me and have been there for me through my life,” he said.

In 2019, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $85 million in prize-winning Lotto 6/49 tickets. Anyone can win, and #YouCouldBeNext! Watch some amazing lottery winner stories online.

Lotto 6/49 is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 7:30 p.m. (PST). 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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