Surreal, Saturday Night for Merritt $1-Million Lotto 6/49 Winner


Merritt Winner

Natalie Jylha thought she was having a typical Saturday night, watching TV and scrolling through her Facebook feed, when she noticed someone posted that a winning ticket purchased in Merritt won the January 30, 2021 Lotto 6/49 $1 Million Guaranteed Prize Draw. 

“I ran and got my ticket and checked the results online,” Jylha said. “I couldn’t believe it. It was a really surreal experience.”

Jylha, who purchased her ticket at Walmart, couldn’t help but wake up her husband once she realized she was holding a Lotto 6/49 ticket worth $1 million. 

“I just kept saying, ‘I won a million! I won a million!’” Jylha recalled. “He didn’t believe me.”

At that point, Jylha was way too excited to sleep and called her mom; she said they spent hours on the phone talking and giggling.

“We were both in shock.”

Jylha says she is thinking about purchasing a new vehicle and potentially a new home, but for the time being is enjoying the feeling of financial freedom.

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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