Kenneth Nelson stopped at Fas Gas Plus on Van Horne Street in Cranbrook to buy ice-fishing bait, but ended up leaving with a lot more than worms after realizing the Lotto 6/49 ticket he’d purchased for the April 25, 2020 draw was worth exactly $48,258.70.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Nelson decided to check his tickets periodically, and only a few at a time.
“I had a few lottery tickets to scan,” Nelson recalled. “I pulled out two to validate. I won $1 from the first one I checked and the second one was the big winner!
“I asked the retailer to verify my ticket since I wasn’t wearing my glasses. The machine froze and the amount flashed on the screen. I was so surprised!”
The Cranbrook resident says he enjoys using Quick Pick to select his numbers and usually purchases the $10 Big Jackpot Pack.
Nelson says he plans to invest his prize and will put the rest away for retirement. “It’s nice to win,” he added. “It feels great!”
In 2020, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $106 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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