Sweet $1-Million Win after Candy Stop for Armstrong Mom


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Christyna Whieldon is feeling pretty sweet after picking up a Lotto 6/49 ticket while treating her kids to some candy at the Armstrong Deep Creek General Store, and winning $1 million from the October 17, 2020 Guaranteed Prize Draw.

“I am still in shock,” Whieldon said. “I honestly cannot believe I won.”

Whieldon said she promised her kids the bonbons as she needed to drag them along while she did some errands; she selected her numbers with Quick Pick that day and hasn’t forgotten them since.

“I was in my kitchen,” she recalled of the moment she realized she’d won. “I had Googled the winning numbers — I probably checked the number about 500 times. I now have that Guaranteed (Prize Draw) number memorized.”

The Armstrong resident of eight years immediately called her husband and mother, who were both in as much shock as she was.

“My mom screamed and said she has never known a lottery winner before,” she said. “My husband just kept saying, ‘No way! There is no way!’”

Whieldon said she plans to pay off her mortgage and support more local businesses with her unexpected prize.

“I live and work in an amazing community,” she said.

So far in 2020, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $90 million in winnings from Lotto 6/49.

Lotto 6/49 is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 7:30 p.m. (PST). Anyone can win, and #YouCouldBeNext! Watch some amazing lottery winner stories online. Each draw includes a Guaranteed Prize Draw of $1 million.

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