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Erika Loiselle won $1 Million playing Lotto 649

Dreams Become Reality for Port Alberni Trio


A group play ritual for three Port Alberni co-workers has really paid off! Julie Pike, Erika Loiselle and Elsie Crosby are ecstatic to find out they’ve won the Guaranteed $1million Lotto 6/49 jackpot from the February 22nd draw.

Loiselle purchased the ticket at the Redford Street 7-11 on Friday, while treating her children to Slurpees. Having played together for several months, she and her co-workers have a tradition of choosing a selection each, all three selections based on birthdays.  

The group didn’t give the ticket a second thought until the community of Port Alberni began buzzing with news there was a winner amongst them from the most recent Lotto 6/49 draw. Julie called Erika to see if their ticket had been checked.

“I went back to the 7-11 to find out if we were the lucky ones,” Erika recalls, grinning ear to ear. “When the screen lit up indicating we’d won, the sales clerk and I stared at one another in shock. Finally she told me I would have to call BCLC and I did!”

The group plans to look into purchasing new cars, paying off mortgages, doing some travel and investing the remainder. “This is a once in a lifetime experience,” they agreed. “It’s the stuff people dream about.”

Lotto 6/49 is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 6 p.m. (PT). Each draw includes a Guaranteed Prize Draw of $1 million. Players can purchase tickets at any lottery retailer or at

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