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Vernon retiree celebrates $1 million Lotto 6/49 win

Wade Hardie won Saturday's guaranteed prize of $1 million in Saturday's Lotto 6/49 draw. .
Wade Hardie won Saturday's guaranteed prize of $1 million in Saturday's Lotto 6/49 draw. . Courtesy: BCLC

A Vernon retiree said his big win in the lottery will help make his golden wedding anniversary that much more memorable.

Wade Hardie purchased the winning ticket in Saturday’s Lotto 6/49 draw, with a guaranteed prize of $1 million.

The loyal customer bought his ticket at Hunter’s Store in Vernon.

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Hardie said he was volunteering to make sandwiches for a local cribbage tournament with his daughters and wife when the others checked their own lottery tickets.

“My eldest daughter asked me if I had won because she didn’t,” Hardie said. “After we finished volunteering, I went home to take a nap.”

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Hardie said he then checked his ticket and realized he had won the guaranteed prize. He said his wife insisted going back to the store to verify the ticket.

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“She didn’t believe me. Only when we got down there and scanned the ticket did she actually believe me,” he said.

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“We’re coming up on 50 years of being married,” Hardie said.

“We’ll be having a big family dinner to celebrate, but maybe we can make our anniversary extra special this year.”

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