“Holy Mackerel!”: Fort St. John Fisherman Nets $500K Scratch & Win Prize

August 14, 2023


Donald MacEwan, an avid fisher from Fort St. John, experienced a reely great morning upon discovering he scored the top prize of $500,000 from a Reel Cash Scratch & Win ticket.

MacEwan, who purchased and checked his ticket at Kelly’s Convenience on 100 Avenue during a typical morning coffee run, couldn’t believe his eyes after scratching the ticket.

“I scratched the ticket and noticed there was a match at the bottom, so I scanned it through the self-checker and it said I won $500,000,” he recalled. “I was in such shock and thought to myself, ‘Holy Mackerel!’”

MacEwan couldn’t wait to share the news with his good friend.

“I was so excited to share the news with him,” said MacEwan.

The Fort St. John resident said his dream has been to live financially free one day and thanks to his prize, he plans to retire early and spend more time doing the things he loves to do.

“It’s the nicest feeling to be able to live every day doing what I want and to have the freedom to retire early and fish more.”

So far in 2023, Scratch & Win players have redeemed more than $115 million in prize-winning tickets. 

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