Hopeful Esquimalt Fisherman Casts His Line on Lotto 6/49 and Wins $500,000 Playing Extra

March 28, 2024


Douglas Bowker is looking forward to picking up fishing and golfing again, after winning the $500,000 Extra prize from the March 16, 2024 Lotto 6/49 draw. 

“I was at [Metchosin Country Store], scanning the ticket on the self-scanner,” recalled Bowker. “The sun was glaring on the display. I couldn’t see the amount and asked the retailer to scan the ticket, and they could not believe it. I was just scattered when I heard the amount!” 

The Esquimalt resident decided to keep the news of his win to himself. “I had a friend tell me if I win, to clam up until I got all my senses together!”

Bowker looks forward to joining a golf club again and is considering buying a small boat for fishing. 

On how it feels to win? 

“It fluctuates between disbelief and, ‘Oh, I can buy those cars I wanted!’ I will just figure it out as I go along and take my time.” 

Bowker purchased the winning ticket at Fraser 25 on Esquimalt Road in Victoria. 

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