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Surrey retiree says Aloha to $2.5M win


A Surrey retiree will be enjoying some warm tropical island days after winning the $2.5 million jackpot from the January 21 Lotto 6/49 draw.

Shelley Ann McConnell is the latest B.C. winner after matching 6 out of 6 numbers on Lotto 6/49. A regular player, McConnell routinely buys from Safeway at 104 Avenue and King George in Surrey, where the winning ticket was purchased. McConnell split the prize with a winning ticket purchased from the Western Canada Lottery Corporation.

When McConnell checked her ticket on on Monday, she was immediately in shock. “I kept checking the ticket over and over and over,” she said.

After the win began to sink in, McConnell texted her friends the news – but no one would believe her! Too nervous to get the ticket validated herself, McConnell asked a close friend to confirm the win.

McConnell’s family still has no idea she is a millionaire, as so far she has only told her friends the exciting news. “I am still in shock. It’s unbelievable,” she exclaimed.

McConnell plans to buy a new car and a new house – but first she will be taking a trip to Hawaii.

A major win from the March 14, 2014 draw has yet to be claimed; a $50 million ticket sold in Langley, B.C. remains unclaimed and ties the largest prize ever won in B.C.

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

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