A Fun Year Ahead: White Rock Resident Scores $5 Million Jackpot from Lotto 6/49

January 09, 2023


Geraldine Ettinger might owe her husband a vacation, after he suggested they both purchase lottery tickets while they were in a shopping centre to escape the snowy weather. It so happens that Ettinger’s ticket won the $5 million Classic Jackpot from the December 21, 2022 Lotto 6/49 draw.

“I was at Save-On-Foods [in Semiahmoo Mall] with a friend doing my grocery shopping and validated my ticket at a self-scanner,” recalled the White Rock resident. “At first, I thought I won $5,000 but I was counting the zeroes and then the retailer said, ‘That’s $5 million!’” 

Ettinger was most excited to share the news with her husband and celebrate together with a champagne toast. She plans to take some time to think through her bucket-list items — though she is looking forward to splurging more than she used to when it comes to travel. 

On how it feels to be a multimillionaire? 

“It’s unbelievable. I feel very blessed and grateful — my new year’s resolution was to have more fun than last year, and I think I will be able to achieve that now.” 

Ettinger purchased the winning ticket at the lottery kiosk in Semiahmoo Mall in Surrey. 

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 Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices.

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