Dwayne Etzerza has been a car collector for years, and he’s now collected his biggest prize yet after winning the $1 million Lotto 6/49 Guaranteed Prize draw on November 25, 2020.
“This is my biggest win yet,” said Etzerza, who has been playing the lottery for many years.
Etzerza purchased the winning ticket from Shoppers Drug Mart on Main Street in Smithers and selected his numbers with Quick Pick.
“I woke up that day and was on Facebook when I noticed one of my friends had posted that someone won $1 million in Smithers,” he recalled of the moment he realized he’d won. He then checked his ticket right away on his BCLC Lotto! app, which showed he was a winner.
“I couldn't believe it! I think I was still half asleep and had to ask my partner what she saw on the screen to confirm the win.”
The Telegraph Creek resident immediately shared the news with his mom, who was in as much shock as him. “I have teased my mom that I would win, so when she realized I wasn't joking she was happy for me.”
Etzerza says he plans to use his unexpected prize to start a new business, as well as to start a new car collection after recently selling his last one.
“It's an amazing feeling and overwhelming at the same time,” he said. “It's great to be a winner.”
So far in 2020, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $102 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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