One Sleepless Night: Prince Rupert Woman Wins $5.8-Million Playing Lotto 6/49

October 20, 2021

Prince Rupert Winner

After discovering she had matched all six numbers in the Lotto 6/49 draw on October 6, 2021 to win $5,790,419.90, Prince Rupert’s Juanita Parnell admits she had one of the most restless sleeps of her life. 

“I’m pretty sure it was 3:30 in the morning and I was still awake. My daughter had called me earlier and said that someone in Prince Rupert had won the jackpot,” says Parnell, who split the $11-million Lotto 6/49 jackpot with a ticket purchased in Ontario. “She had found out on Facebook, apparently everyone in Prince Rupert had found out.”

It was a $5.8-million Lotto 6/49 ticket that Parnell says she almost didn’t buy. 

“I was in a rush [to buy my ticket]. I had actually forgotten and was hurrying to buy [before sales closed for the draw], and was worried I would miss the numbers.”

Parnell won with the same set of numbers (7, 18, 19, 38, 42, and 46) she has been playing for 20 years, and says the numbers have no particularly special meaning.

“I remember taking them once from a Quick Pick [20 years ago],” she says. “There’s no rhyme or reason why I’ve stuck with them. I think I’ve missed playing them only three times.”

Parnell says she’ll be taking some time to think about what to do with her winnings, but would like to take her grandchildren on vacation.

“I’d like to take them to Disney World in Florida, preferably during the non-storm season,” said Parnell, laughing. “We’ve never been able to go on a vacation together all at once.”

So far in 2021, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $70 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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