“It Has Still Not Sunk In!”: Courtenay Resident Shocked After Scoring $1 Million From Lotto 6/49

October 18, 2023


It was a ferry-tale welcome home to Vancouver Island for Courtenay’s Frederick Pelletier, who learned he won $1 million from the August 2, 2023 Lotto 6/49 draw after arriving at Departure Bay terminal. 

His wife, who was waiting in the car while Pelletier stopped for coffee and decided to check his ticket, didn’t believe the life-changing win was reality. 

 “She called me a liar,” recalled Pelletier, who brought his wife back into Scuttlebutt News so she could see for herself. 

Pelletier hasn’t fully decided on what’s next thanks to his big win but does plan to help his son – whom he had just visited – as well as to travel and add to his investments. 

“[This win] will change my son’s life. We have thought about taking trips, now the things we discussed are more in reach.” 

On how it feels to win $1 million? 

“It has still not sunk in!” 

Pelletier purchased the winning ticket at the Shell station on Island Highway and Headquarters Road in Courtenay. 

So far in 2023, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $89 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 now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices.

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