Vancouver Resident to Spend More Winters in Mexico After Winning $675,000 Playing Set for Life

November 14, 2023


Kathie Draeseke was adding Set for Life Scratch & Win tickets to her friends’ birthday cards, and set aside one ticket for herself. It turns out that one ticket won the game’s top prize of $675,000.   

The Vancouver resident was busy writing birthday cards at home when she realized she won. “I had bought the ticket and put it with the birthday cards I was sending out and set mine aside for later,” recalled Draeseke. “I started scratching but had to step away halfway through and come back to it. I noticed there were three matching symbols in one box!” 

Draeseke only told her sister that she won, but the secret is out now. 

Apart from renovating her condo with some repairs, Draeseke is also hoping to upgrade her car. Additionally, she’s looking forward to spending more winters in Mexico, as this year was supposed to be her last. 

On how it feels to win? 

“It will help me not worry about money!” 

Draeseke purchased the winning ticket at Point Grey Pharmacy on West 10th Avenue in Vancouver. 

So far in 2023, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $9 million in Set for Life prizes. 

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