“I Won I Won I Won!” were the first words Zenaida Torino said after finding out she matched 5/5 numbers from the Daily Grand draw on August 19, 2021 to split the $500,000 prize with two other ticket holders, netting her $166,666.70.
The Surrey resident purchased the ticket from Central City Lottery Ticket Centre on King George Blvd. and was enjoying a day off when she called BCLC to see if she had won anything.
“I called and listened to the voice reading the numbers… I was getting more and more excited as they continued to read,” she explained.
Her initial reaction? “Excitement and happiness! My husband didn't believe me so I checked again on the Lotto! app.”
Torino couldn’t wait to share the news with her family; afterwards it went out for dinner to celebrate.
“We are very happy as a family right now. It will make travelling a little easier and who knows, maybe a slightly early retirement!”
Torino purchased her daughter a car with some of her prize and plans to invest a portion as well.