Nanaimo’s New Lottery Player the Newest Big Lottery Winner


Nanaimo’s Crystal Giesbrecht has only been playing the lottery for a week and a half, and is already a big winner after matching all four Extra numbers in the BC49 January 15, 2020 draw to win $500,000.

“Some of my co-workers and I decided to go in on a group play a few weeks ago when the Lotto Max jackpot was $70 million,” explained Giesbrecht. “Since then I had been buying tickets on the Lotto! App.”

Giesbrecht was at home in the early morning getting ready for work when she found out she won.

“I checked the ticket and it said $500,000,” she said. “It was so surreal. I woke up my daughter and then I woke up my parents and then I went to work right after. I felt sick all day that day!”

Giesbrecht said she’ll use the winnings to pay off her car and will continue to work at a Nanaimo credit union, though she’ll be taking a special vacation for her upcoming birthday in March.

“I’ve never been to Mexico before, so that should be a fun birthday!”

In 2019, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $36 million playing the Extra. Anyone can win, and #youcouldbenext! Watch some amazing lottery winner stories online.

Players can purchase tickets at any lottery retailer or at Players can also buy or check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices.

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