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Dorothy Lahola won $1 Million playing Lotto 649

Reality better than dream for Kamloops retiree


A week before the March 8 Lotto 6/49 draw Dorothy Lahola of Kamloops woke in the middle of dream saying, “I’m a winner! I’m a winner!” A week later she heard there was a Lotto 6/49 Guaranteed Prize draw winner in Kamloops and assumed, while awake, she wasn’t the lucky one.

Lahola is a longtime Lotto 6/49 player who picks her lottery numbers based on important dates in her life. Her dreams finally became reality when she checked her ticket at the 7-Eleven on Tranquille Road while en route to meet a friend for lunch.

“The retailer scanned my ticket and I saw zeros on the screen,” she recalled in disbelief. “I asked, ‘Who won that?’ ‘You did!’ he told me. I was so shocked but after a moment I screamed ‘Yahoo!’”

Lahola could barely eat her lunch and so hurried home to share the $1,000,001 win with her husband.

The news is at last settling in and the couple plan to renovate their home.

The winning ticket was sold at Parkcrest Neighbourhood Store in Kamloops. Two other winning tickets were sold in Delta and Prince George.

The March 8 Lotto 6/49 draw, consisted of five Guaranteed Prize draws of $1 million each with three of the five $1 million winning tickets sold in B.C. Lahola is the first to come forward to collect her prize.

Lotto 6/49 is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 6 p.m. (PT). Players can purchase tickets at their favourite lottery retailer or at

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