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Nanaimo couple sail into retirement


For nearly 33 years, Nanaimo couple, Ian and Beverly Laidlaw, have been playing the same lottery numbers each week. While on a recent trip to visit family in Richmond they realized they had forgotten to purchase a ticket for the upcoming Lotto 6/49 draw.

They stopped by the mall to purchase a ticket and, as always, said ‘yes’ to the Extra. That decision would win $500,000 after they matched 4/4 numbers for the March 25 Lotto 6/49 draw.

“We have been playing the same numbers for so long and I’m shocked that we finally won playing the Extra,” said Ian.

Ian did recall having a strange feeling before checking their ticket.

“Beverly couldn’t believe it when she self-checked the ticket and saw all the numbers on the screen to win the top prize,” exclaimed Ian.

The Laidlaws are nearing retirement and say this win will definitely help finance their golden years. Aside from travelling and sailing, the couple plans on sharing the winnings with their children.

“Our daughter is living abroad and she is expecting her first child,” beamed Beverly. “We’re planning on depositing some money into her account as an early present for our first grandchild.”

Say ‘Yes’ to the Extra for the chance to win up to $500,000. Extra is available with Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max, and BC/49 at any BCLC lottery retailer or at  

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