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Port Alberni Couple Heading for Sun after Lotto 6/49 Jackpot Win


A Port Alberni husband and wife are B.C.’s newest multi-millionaires. Harold Thomas and his wife Madelaine matched all six numbers in the February 9, 2019 Lotto 6/49 Draw to win the $5-million jackpot.

“The biggest thing about this is being able to help the kids and grandkids out and make their lives a little easier,” said Madelaine. “Maybe one of our sons won’t have to go away to work anymore.”

The first question Harold asked his wife when they found out they were the jackpot winners was if she wanted a new house. Madelaine quickly turned that prospect down. “No way! That’s where we raised our kids,” she said. “Plus we have the best view in the city.”

Beyond helping the kids out, they plan to get new cars and update their home. A Volkswagen Tiguan for Madelaine, and a 1966 Jaguar XKE for Harold. However, in the immediate future, they plan to head to Mexico for some much-needed sun.

“It’s surreal,” said Harold. “When the clerk at the store checked the ticket, the machine froze and lit up $5,000,000.”

“It’s crazy! It’s still sinking in,” said Madelaine.

Harold and Madelaine purchased their winning ticket at the A-1 Convenience Store on Redford Street in Port Alberni.

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Lotto 6/49 is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 7:30 p.m. (PT). Each draw includes a Guaranteed Prize Draw of $1 million. Players can purchase tickets at any lottery retailer or at Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices.

Did you know that B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $115 million in prize winning Lotto 6/49 tickets in 2018? Anyone can win, and #youcouldbenext! Watch some amazing lottery winner stories at

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