North Vancouver Resident Buys Lotto 6/49 Ticket to Celebrate New Job, Instead Celebrates Winning $5 Million

April 05, 2023


In addition to a new job, Simon Pleau has five million other reasons to celebrate after winning the $5 Million Lotto 6/49 Classic Jackpot from the March 29, 2023 draw. 

The North Vancouver resident doesn’t normally buy lottery tickets but was in a celebratory mood after landing a new job so he purchased a Lotto 6/49 ticket at the Safeway in Lynn Valley.

“I bought a lottery ticket and a bottle of champagne to celebrate the new job,” explained Pleau. “The draw was for that night, so when I found out I won I told my wife we have something else we need to celebrate.”

Despite having won $5 million, Pleau says he plans to keep working at his new job as a software engineer.

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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