“I Am Very Happy and Excited!”: Vancouver Resident Wins $500K Extra Prize

February 08, 2024


Ali Astaneh had some ‘extra’ exciting news to share with his son after winning the $500,000 Extra prize from the February 3, 2024 Lotto 6/49 draw. 

“I was in London Drugs,” recalled Astaneh. “I passed by during my walk and checked my ticket at the self-scanner. I had to check it one more time and then went home to tell my son!” 

Ansari was most excited to tell his son of his win. “I asked him to come over to ensure I was okay; my heartbeat was increasing!”

The Vancouver resident is taking time to decide what’s next but did have this to say about winning $500,000. 

“I am very happy and excited! My dream is to travel to as many countries as possible.” 

Astaneh purchased and validated his winning ticket at the London Drugs on West Broadway and Yew Street in Vancouver. 

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