Surrey Woman Scores $500,000 Playing Daily Grand

September 20, 2021

Darlene Tough

Darlene Tough had a difficult time concealing her emotions when the terminal flashed “$25,000 a Year for Life” as she checked her Daily Grand ticket from the August 26, 2021 draw

“The screen showed congratulations,” says Tough of when she checked the ticket at the London Drugs in Delta on 120th Street. “I was in complete shock and holding back all my tears.”

Tough matched all five numbers in the Daily Grand draw and opted to take the half-million dollar prize. She phoned her husband right away while still in the store so he could come down right away to see for himself.

“He saw the screen, and he [also] started to become emotional.”

Tough purchased her winning Daily Grand ticket at a Walmart in New Westminster. She enjoys getting a lottery pack so she can play all the major lottery games, usually playing on a Quick Pick.

The timing of Tough’s win is bittersweet, as her family recently had a fire in the home and lost everything.

“We had found out everything in our home was a write off,” says Tough. “We feel like we have to restart our lives all over again. But my husband says it starts a new chapter in our life, and this will help with that beginning.”

So far in 2021, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $6 million in winnings from Daily Grand. Daily Grand is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Mondays and Thursdays after 7:30 p.m. (PST), with a top prize of $1,000 a day for life. Players can purchase tickets at lottery retailers or at Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere using the BCLC Lotto! App.

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