Port Hardy Lighthouse Keeper Spots $1 Million Guaranteed Prize


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A lighthouse keeper who works near Port Hardy says he will soon call it a career after matching all ten numbers in the Lotto 6/49 November 27, 2019 draw to win the $1 million Guaranteed Prize.

Ivan Dubinsky began working as a lighthouse keeper more than 20 years ago, a career that is also a full-time lifestyle of looking after a lighthouse, sending critical weather reports to aircrafts and ships nearby. As a result of this full-time commitment, Dubinsky purchases his lottery tickets on

“It’s difficult to buy lottery tickets when you’re at the lighthouse all the time,” said Dubinsky. “You have to be granted leave, and there’s not too many lighthouse keepers available these days.”

Dubinsky, who began playing the lottery this past fall, found out he won the life-changing prize via an e-mail notification from

“When I got that e-mail, I couldn’t believe my eyes, I wasn’t sure whether to believe it or not,” he said.

Though Dubinsky was unable to get leave from the lighthouse for two months prior to coming to BCLC’s Vancouver office to claim his prize, he now has a much more relaxing lifestyle ahead.

“I’ll slowly begin the retirement process, give some of my winnings to my brothers and sisters, and possibly buy a home in the north part of Vancouver Island,” said Dubinsky, adding “Though I may still want to be a relief lighthouse keeper.”

In 2019, B.C. lottery players have 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 Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices.

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