Miriam Nacionales’ dream of buying a home became more of a reality after learning she won $1 million from the July 1, 2023 Lotto 6/49 draw.
“I remembered to check the ticket I shared with a friend,” recalled Nacionales, who stopped into Dundas Market in Vancouver with her son to do so. “I also found my other ticket I had not checked yet. The [ticket self-scanner] was a bit higher than my eyes, so I was on my tippy toes and saw lots of zeroes!”
Nacionales was in shock, with her son even asking, “are you okay?” Nacionales did not tell him right away that she won the lottery, despite “celebrating” inside the store.
The Vancouver resident first told her husband she won who was “dumbfounded” at the news.
Apart from buying a home, Nacionales plans to use some of her winnings to help her family and travel back to her home country in Europe.
On how it feels to win $1 million?
“Exciting and shocking. I am very grateful and thankful.”
Nacionales purchased the winning ticket at the London Drugs on East Hastings and Penticton Streets in Vancouver.
So far in 2023, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $92 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 PlayNow.com. Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices.
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