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New house for Vancouver couple after $2 million BC/49 win


After realizing they held the winning ticket while shopping at a local mall Sunday, Ha Thi Thanh Pham and Van Tin Dao spent the next two days dreaming of how they would spend their fortune, including buying a new family home.

The married couple, 45-year-old Pham and 48-year-old Dao, matched all six numbers on the November 2, 2013 BC/49 draw to win $2,000,000.

“It’s such an unbelievable feeling to see the numbers come up on screen!” said Dao, who regularly plays Lotto 6/49, BC/49 and Lotto Max.

The winning ticket was purchased at the Real Canadian Superstore on Rupert Street while the couple was doing last-minute shopping for Halloween candy on October 31, 2013.

“When I told my wife we’d won, she laughed and told me I was making a joke,” added Dao. “She had to see the ticket before I finally convinced her and it sunk in!”

Immediate plans for the prize include a family vacation and starting the search for a new house.

BC/49 is a B.C.-only lottery game drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 6 p.m. (PT) that gives players a chance to win up to $2 million for $1. Tickets can be purchased at any BCLC lottery retailer or online at

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