Bon Voyage! A Mediterranean Cruise for Surrey’s Newest Millionaire After $1-Million Lotto 6/49 Win

September 18, 2023


Crystal clear water and delicious Mediterranean cuisine lie ahead for avid traveller Yvonne Kerman, as she will soon be cruising Southern Europe after scoring a $1-million prize from the September 2, 2023 Lotto 6/49 draw. 

The Surrey resident said she dreams of endless travel and helping her family when she plays the lottery and plans to do just that now that she’s a millionaire.

Kerman purchased her ticket from Safeway on 152 Street in Surrey and was at a lottery kiosk inside Central City mall when she discovered the good news after scanning it with the retailer there.

“The first thing that crossed my mind was, ‘Holy crap,’” Kerman exclaimed. “I went to grab my daughter so that she could also look and make sure it was real.”

Kerman then shared the news with her husband.

“I phoned him from the car but was crying so he didn’t know what was going on at first. He didn’t think I was telling the truth until my daughter also talked to him.”

Kerman said it’s “unbelievable and freeing” to win a prize of this size and looks forward to the “enhancements” to her family’s future travels, thanks to this win. 

So far in 2023, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $81 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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