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Next Stop: $500,000! Surrey Train Conductor Keeps Riding the Tracks after Winning Daily Grand Prize


A train conductor from Surrey is riding the tracks with an additional half a million dollars to his name after matching all five numbers in the October 21, 2019 Daily Grand draw to win the secondary prize of $25,000 a year for life.

Even after winning big on Daily Grand and opting for the lump sum payment of $500,000, Nelson Botelho doesn’t plan to give up the job he loves.

“I get to spend my day working with trains, doing what I love,” says Botelho. “Winning a half million dollars certainly makes it easier to pursue ‘Freedom 55’, though.”

Botelho says it took a few days after the draw to realize he had a winning ticket in his wallet.

“It was in my wallet for four days. I only remembered to check my ticket on the BCLC Lotto! App just before I went to bed… needless to say, I didn’t sleep for the rest of the night.”

As for what comes next, Botelho says the $500,000 prize will help pay off his mortgage and leave enough for a trip to Portugal with his family.

“I’ve always dreamed of being able to take my kids to the town that my parents grew up in.”

Say ‘Yes’ to the Extra for the chance to win up to $500,000. Extra is available with Daily Grand, Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max, and BC/49 at any BCLC lottery retailer or at Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS or Android devices. Learn more about the BCLC Lotto! App here.

Did you know that B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $7.4 million in prize winning Daily Grand tickets so far in 2019? Anyone can win, and #youcouldbenext! Watch some amazing lottery winner stories at

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