“I Started Jumping for Joy”: Edmonton Couple Scores $1-Million Lotto 6/49 Win While in Houston, B.C.

September 06, 2023


A recent work trip to Houston B.C. was one for the books for Edmonton residents Tracy and Wesley Shemonichek, as they ended up returning home as newly minted millionaires after winning a $1-million prize from the Lotto 6/49 draw on Saturday, August 26, 2023.

Wesley, who purchased their ticket at the Houston Esso on Highway 16 while in town for work, was with a colleague the following morning after the draw when he decided to stop in at a 7-Eleven to check the ticket.

“I scanned it with the retailer and initially thought it was $100,000 so I told my co-worker and then he looked at it and shouted, ‘No, you just won a million dollars,’” recalled Wesley.

Wesley immediately texted a photo of the ticket to Tracy, who had just returned home to Morinville, Edmonton. 

“I was at a corn stand at the time and I just stared at the photo,” recalled Tracy. "Once it sunk in what I was looking at I started jumping for joy,” said Tracy. “I can’t even explain how I felt in that moment. It’s just fuzzy on the brain.” 

This win came at a good time for the Shemonicheks, as they recently purchased a piece of land and look forward to putting their prize towards the build of their new home. The couple also plans to travel to Tennessee for a vacation.

“We can build a home with a big garden and chickens and make memories with our grandchildren,” said Tracy. 

So far in 2023, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $75 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). The Gold Ball Draw is a guaranteed prize draw where players will win either the Guaranteed Prize of $1 million, or the growing Gold Ball Jackpot that starts at $10 million. The Classic Jackpot offers a prize that is always $5 million. Players can purchase tickets at any lottery retailer or at Players can check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices.

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