Courtenay Couple Excited to Explore Canada’s East Coast After Winning $500K from Lotto 6/49

November 29, 2023


Patsy and Robert McNeilly are ‘extra’ excited to explore Canada’s East Coast after winning the $500,000 Extra prize from the October 28, 2023 Lotto 6/49 draw. 

“I was inside Driftwood Mall and asked my son to scan the ticket because my eyesight was bad,” recalled Patsy of the moment she realized they won. “He told me that I won $500,000 and I said, ‘yeah right.’ The retailer confirmed the amount and tears were coming down, I just did not believe it!”

Patsy first shared the news with her husband, Robert. “It took a while to settle in, it did not click!” added Robert.

Apart from visiting their grandchildren in the Okanagan, the Courtenay residents are excited to explore Canada’s East Coast and Ottawa. The couple also plan to pay off its mortgage and invest for retirement. 

On how it feels to win the lottery?

“I think it’s the greatest thing on earth. Feeling of freedom,” said Patsy.  

The McNeillys purchased and validated the winning ticket at the BCLC Lotto kiosk at Driftwood Mall in Courtenay. 

So far in 2023, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $36 million in winnings from the Extra and more than $115 million in winnings from Lotto 6/49. Say ‘Yes’ to the Extra for the chance to win up to $500,000. The Extra is available with Daily Grand, Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max, and BC/49 at any BCLC lottery retailer or at

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