Okanagan man $500K richer after lottery win

Robert Pearce of Kelowna won bonus draw in Daily Grand game after matching five out of five numbers. B.C. Lottery

A Kelowna resident is retiring early after winning $500,000 last month.

Robert Pearce won one of the bonus draw prizes in B.C. Lottery’s Daily Grand game after matching five out of five numbers. The game offers players a chance to win $1,000 a day, but, as a bonus draw winner, Pearce’s options were $25,000 a year for life or a lump sum of $500,000. He chose the latter.

Pearce purchased his lucky ticket at the Real Canadian Superstore in West Kelowna for the September 20th Daily Grand draw.

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After scanning his ticket where he purchased it, Pearce was surprised to read the self-checker message.

“I couldn’t quite comprehend the amount,” he said. “I’ve only played Daily Grand a few times; I was completely speechless.”

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George Kesson of Vancouver also won the Daily Grand bonus draw on September 20th.

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As for what’s next, Pearce said winning $500,000 will give him more time to enjoy the things he loves.

“My first thought was I would like to retire,” he said. “I’ll get a new truck and camper, and spend more time hunting and fishing. But more importantly I’ll live stress free, and that is something I’m really excited about.”

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