$1 million lottery win for B.C. couple with last-minute ticket

The Thomasons are $1 million richer thanks to Lotto 6/49. Courtesy: BCLC

A last-minute decision to pick up a lotto ticket has changed Gregory Thomason’s life.

Thomason bought a Lotto 6/49 ticket and, on Sept. 6, he and his wife Patricia won $1 million.

“When I told Patty, she thought it was a joke,” said Thomason, who checked his ticket at Sutherlands Bakery & Deli in Enderby, B.C.

The Thomasons live in the Shuswap, in the small community of Grindrod, and are most excited to use some of their winnings to help their family and travel.

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“We have said, ‘Let’s not get ahead of ourselves and make some goals’ — we want to think about how to use this,” Thomason said.

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“My nephew lives in England so maybe we’ll go visit him.”

The winning ticket was purchased at the Walmart on 9th Avenue Southwest in Salmon Arm.

Lotto 6/49 is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 7:30 p.m. (PST).

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