UPDATE: B.C. winner of $31.7 million jackpot comes forward
B.C.’s newest millionaire came forward to claim his lottery winnings this afternoon.
Harry Black of Surrey has been announced as the winner of the record-breaking Lotto 6/49 jackpot.
Black won two shares of the 63.4-million dollar 6/49 prize – a result of his habit of buying two tickets with identical numbers.
Together, they’re worth 31 million dollars.
“I have been employing these winning numbers for about 35 years ever since the lottery has started,” says Black.
There were four winning tickets for April’s record-breaking jackpot. Black held two of them. With those two tickets, he increased his share of the prize from one-third to almost half of the jackpot amount.
He bought the winning ticket at Scott Road and 104th Avenue in Surrey.
Up until this point, all he has ever won was $10.
Kevin Gass with BC Lottery Corporation says he is stunned by what happened.
“It is amazing that it happened here in British Columbia. In fact, it is amazing that three of the four winning tickets were all from B.C., which is absolutely fantastic for our players.”
Black says he has no family, and is being secretive about his plans for the future.
He says the experience has been overwhelming.
“You have no idea how much stress there is when you win the lotto. Especially something like this,” says Black. “First thing you have to deal with yourself and then make plans.”
For years, Black has worked in construction and the film industry and has never taken a real vacation, but it is about to change very soon.