Stephen McBride can’t wait to take his three brothers on a European vacation after finding out he scored the top prize of $675,000 playing BCLC’s Set for Life Scratch & Win game.
The New Westminster resident was at 7-Eleven on 12th Street waiting in line to pay for his soda, when he noticed the people in front of him purchasing some lottery tickets and decided to pick one up as well.
“I was there at 7-Eleven validating the ticket on the self-checker when the screen ‘froze,’” he recalled of the moment he realized he won.
“I spoke to the lady and she said, ‘Congratulations!’ I had to ask her what the grand prize amount was… it was surreal!”
McBride first shared the news with his twin brother.
“He had the same surreal feeling and thought I was joking,” he said.
McBride plans to take his brothers to Italy and then to Normandy, France where they will visit the famous landing beaches from World War II.
Aside from the vacation, McBride looks forward to an early retirement in the near future.
In 2022, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $11 million in Set for Life prizes.
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