It was an unexpected Christmas present for Coquitlam’s Andrew Buhain who won a whopping $500,000 playing the Extra during the December 25, 2021 Lotto 6/49 draw.
“Surreal,” Buhain said. “It’s still so hard to believe. I will be able to get our first home.”
Buhain says he’s often dreamed of moving into a brand-new home with his family and, thanks to saying ‘Yes’ to the Extra for the holiday draw, his vision will soon become reality.
He first shared the news with his wife, who also couldn’t believe the life-changing win.
“[She] started crying,” he recalled. “It still hasn’t sunk in.”
Other than house shopping, Buhain said he will start planning a vacation, once he and his wife feel safe enough to travel again.
The Coquitlam resident purchased his ticket at the Real Canadian Superstore at 1301 Lougheed Highway and checked it at home with the Lotto! app.
In 2021, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $42 million in winnings from the Extra and more than $99 million in winnings from Lotto 6/49. Say ‘Yes’ to the Extra for the chance to win up to $500,000. The Extra is available with Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max, Daily Grand, and BC/49 at any BCLC lottery retailer or at PlayNow.com.
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