Marion and Gary Gunther have always wanted to take a trip to the City of Lights, and after scoring a $1-million Guaranteed Prize from the June 1, 2022 Lotto 6/49 draw, their future looks filled with delicious pastries and a visit to the Eiffel Tower.
Gary purchased the winning ticket from Save-On-Foods on West Austin Road. The morning after the draw, Marion was up at 5:30 a.m. to scan some tickets on BCLC’s Lotto! app.
“Not thinking at all, I started scanning the first ticket, not a winner, scanned the next ticket, $1 million, scanned the third ticket, not a winner, and then I realized what I saw,” she recalled. “I started to cry tears of joy.”
“It was a really emotional day,” Gary added.
While Marion enjoys choosing numbers based on important family dates, the winning ticket was purchased as a Quick Pick.
Marion couldn’t wait to share the news with her son, who reacted emotionally as well.
“My son said to me, ‘It’s about time you do something for yourself, and I see a plane ticket to Paris in your future.’”
Aside from a trip to Paris, the Gunthers plan to save their prize for their retirement.
“This win is life-changing for us,” Marion said. “My boss gave us both a hug after I told him I was going to retire.”
So far in 2022, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $66 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). Each draw includes a Guaranteed Prize Draw of $1 million. Players can purchase tickets at any lottery retailer or at PlayNow.com. Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices.
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