Psst – “I Won $1 Million”: Victoria Pair Tells Friends it Won the Lottery through a Game of Telephone

September 1, 2021


When Donald and Janice MacDonald found out a Lotto 6/49 ticket they purchased at the Royal Oak Country Grocer in Victoria won the July 28, 2021 $1 Million Guaranteed Prize Draw, the pair came up with a fun and creative way to share the exciting news with their friends – through a game of telephone. 

“We took two couples out for dinner,” said Janice. “During dessert, I said ‘let’s play a game of telephone.’ That’s the one where you whisper something in their ear and then they whisper it in the next person’s ear. We told them they couldn’t react to what they heard. It was so fun watching them hear it and try not to react!”

Donald added that the couple was “stunned” when it initially learnt that it had won. 

“I was in the Shoppers [Drug Mart] in Royal Oak,” said Donald. “I thought I had won $1,000 and then I put my glasses on and realized there were a lot more zeros!”

On how they plan to celebrate, the pair said it’s in no rush. “We will probably do a little bit of celebrating. We are going to take it slow and think about the best way to spend the money,” said Donald. 

So far in 2021, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $60 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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