Vancouver Man Still in Disbelief after Set for Life Win

December 03, 2021

Vancouver Man Still in Disbelief after Set for Life Win

Mustapha Salmi’s recent decision to try something different certainly paid off after the Vancouver resident scored $1,000 a week for the next 25 years playing Set for Life.

“I usually play Crossword or Bingo scratch tickets,” he said. “I saw that they had a new Set for Life ticket so I bought it. I won two free tickets and then, on the last ticket, I won. 

“I couldn’t believe it.”

Salmi purchased his ticket at the Super Save gas station on No. 5 Road in Richmond, and also checked it at the same location, at which he’s a regular customer.

“I showed the retailer…he scanned the ticket in the machine and saw that I won. He was more excited than I was!” 

Next, Salmi called BCLC to start the prize-claim process and still couldn’t believe what was unfolding. 

“It happened to me? Really?” Salmi recalled saying after he found out about his win. He says his closest friend also thought he was kidding when he shared his news.

Salmi says his top priority will be to plan a trip to visit family overseas, but not before treating his Vancouver friends and family to a celebratory dinner. 

“I wake up feeling free,” he said. “It will help me help my family.”

In 2021, B.C. lottery players have so far redeemed more than $12 million in Set for Life prizes. Anyone can win and #YouCouldBeNext. Watch some amazing lottery winner stories at

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