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Best Friends of Over 50 Years Win $2 Million BC/49 Prize


Susan Hook and Martha McCallum have been best friends for over 50 years, and have been there for each other through all of life’s highs and lows.

The two decided to “go in on” a BC/49 ticket together last week, and soon discovered they were $2 million richer after matching all six numbers on their BC/49 ticket from the August 17, 2019 draw.

“I was on my coffee break and decided to check the ticket,” said McCallum. “I thought ‘what do all the zeros mean? And I went back to work believe it or not.”

Both Hook and McCallum are widows, and the life-changing win came on a day that is usually difficult and lifted their spirits.

“I am not a drinker but I said ‘I need a glass of wine’ [when we found out], and we cried together,” said Hook. “Yesterday was the anniversary of my husband’s passing and it is quite something to know that we became millionaires on that day. I dread that day every year.”

The two friends plan to still live together, and are excited about what this win will bring to their lives. They are expected to fulfil lifelong travel dreams and to make their lives “comfortable, but not flashy”.

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BC/49 can be purchased at all lottery retail locations and online at, with tickets available for the Wednesday and Sunday draws. Winning numbers and group release forms can be found online at Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices. Learn more about the BCLC Lotto! app here.

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