After seeing his father’s dreams come true playing the lottery in the Philippines, it inspired Gerard Ordoyo to dream big as well. Now, he plans to return home to the Philippines for a family reunion as a newly minted millionaire after winning the $1-million Guaranteed Prize from the December 28, 2022 Lotto 6/49 draw.
“I saw my dad win a lottery prize in the Philippines and after that, I started purchasing tickets here and there,” recalled Ordoyo.
The Surrey resident was at Guildford Town Centre in Surrey when he discovered his win after checking his ticket at the lottery kiosk there.
“I thought it was $1,000 so I signed it and gave it to the person working and then they scanned it and told me how much I won!”
Ordoyo immediately shared the news with his wife.
“I called her on the SkyTrain and she thought it was a prank,” he said.
Aside from the family reunion, Ordoyo looks forward to being able to help his children who begin university next year.
Ordoyo purchased the winning ticket at the London Drugs in Guildford Town Centre.
In 2022, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $113 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 PlayNow.com. Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices.
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