$2-Million Early Birthday Surprise for Kelowna Woman

April 27, 2022

Kelowna Winner

Just a few days before her birthday, Beverly (Christine) Gilbert checked her BC/49 ticket for the April 6, 2022 draw and was shocked to discover she matched all six numbers to win the game’s top prize — an unforgettable early birthday present worth $2,000,000.

“I had to scan it a lot to make sure,” she recalled of the moment she found out she had a winning ticket. “My first thought was, ‘oh my gosh!’ It was surreal seeing all of the numbers match.”

Gilbert couldn’t wait to share the news with her two daughters.

“I was talking to my youngest daughter on the phone when I checked my ticket… they were both very excited.”

Naturally, Gilbert celebrated her birthday, which was extra special thanks to her win, and looks forward to sprucing up her upcoming trip to Europe with her prize.

“I had this trip planned with a friend and now it’s definitely going to get an upgrade! I also will purchase a condo, pay off my car and do some investing.”

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“I’m in disbelief. This is going to make retirement so much better,” she added.

The Kelowna resident purchased her ticket from Capri Shopping Centre and was at home when she decided to check her numbers on her Lotto! app

In 2021, British Columbians won more than $17 million in BC/49 prizes.

Players can purchase BC/49 at lottery retail locations and online at, with tickets available for the Wednesday and Sunday draws. Winning numbers and group release forms are available online at Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, on iOS and Android devices.