Coldstream’s Randall McDuff is still pinching himself as he lets the feeling sink in after winning the Guaranteed Prize of $1 million from the March 28, 2020 Lotto 6/49 draw.
After checking his numbers at the 7-Eleven in Vernon from where he purchased the winning ticket, McDuff reassured his wife that his irregular breathing was for a positive reason: excitement.
“When I went out to the car, I was checking my breath and she asked me if I was having a heart attack,” says McDuff. “When I told her that I had won, at first she didn't believe me and I had to tell her a few times… She was very excited for me.”
McDuff, who claimed the life-changing prize using BCLC’s temporary alternate prize-claim process, has been playing Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Max for more than 20 years and has never traveled outside of Canada.
He said the $1 million win will change his life and, once COVID-19 allows him to resume normal activities, he may take a trip to Australia. More fishing and golfing are also in the plans.
“Winning doesn't seem real, and I have to remind myself that I have won $1 million dollars,” McDuff says.
Once the life-changing realization has really settled in, McDuff says his first priority is to visit family in Manitoba after several years of not being able to. “My family is older and I would like the opportunity to see them again once I am able to.”
To support players in claiming lottery prizes during this time, BCLC has implemented alternate prize-claim processes for winners. For more information, visit https://lotto.bclc.com/claim-a-prize.html.
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 using the BCLC Lotto! App.