Extraordinary Christmas Gift: Surrey Resident Surprises Wife with $1-Million Win

January 21, 2022

Eric E, Surrey, One Million, Lotto 6/49

Eric Emery took some time to think about how best to share the life-changing news that he had won the Guaranteed $1 Million Prize from the Lotto 6/49 Christmas-Day draw with his wife. 

“Every Monday, my wife asks me, ‘Did you make me a millionaire?’ I knew she would ask me again when I got home and…I told her that I won a million dollars.”

It took a few minutes for Emery’s wife to believe him, and she even told him to quit joking around.

“When she realized I was serious, she started crying.”

The Surrey resident purchased his ticket at the 7-Eleven store on 200th Street in Langley and checked it later at a nearby Shoppers Drug Mart.

“My first thought was, ‘Is this an error?’ I saw the one and a bunch of zeros and thought maybe it was a binary-error code.” 

Emery said his family will celebrate by going out for a meal and planning a vacation once they feel safe enough to travel again. 

In 2021, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $99 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. Players can purchase tickets at any lottery retailer or at Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices.

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