Ryoichi Yamada initially ignored an email that said he won a prize on PlayNow.com as he thought it was a scam. Luckily, after logging into his PlayNow.com account, he quickly realized he won $2.5 million, splitting the $5-million Lotto 6/49 Classic Jackpot with a player in Ontario from the August 16, 2023 draw.
“I was working and got an email,” recalled Yamada. “[The email] said I won a prize and it exceeded the amount in my account and I thought it was a scam. I logged onto my [PlayNow.com] account and realized there were a lot of numbers in there. I started shaking!”
The North Vancouver resident — who selected his own numbers for the winning ticket as part of a PlayNow.com Lotto Subscription — was most excited to share the news with his wife. “She asked if I won $10 and I said a little more. I showed her the amount and she was speechless.”
Yamada is taking some time to determine what’s next, but a trip back home to Japan and purchasing property is on his to-do list.
Even though Yamada’s plans are not fully confirmed, he is sure about one thing: “That’s a lot of money!”
Yamada claimed his $2.5 million jackpot on August 22, 2023, at BCLC’s Vancouver office.
So far in 2023, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $72 million in winnings from Lotto 6/49.
Did you know that PlayNow.com is B.C.’s only legal online gambling website and the only whose profits go back to support provincial initiatives like healthcare, education and community programs? Lottery players on PlayNow.com can set up a subscription to customize and automate upcoming lottery purchases so that they don’t have to worry about missing a draw.
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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