Photo: BCLCCoquitlam resident Heewon (Theresa) Choi and three coworkers win $ 6 million in Lotto 6/49 on Halloween
A group of four colleagues from British Columbia received all the treats and none of the last Halloween tricks by winning $ 6 million in the Lotto 6/49 draw.
Coquitlam resident Heewon (Theresa) Choi, Melanie Nolan and their two other employees at Royal Columbia Hospital in New Westminster had been playing together for about a year before hitting the jackpot.
Choi purchased the ticket from Shoppers Drug Mart on East Columbia Street and was in the office when she scanned the ticket on her BCLC Lotto! App.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Choi said. “I immediately showed it to Mélanie who is sitting right next to me.
“I thought it was $ 6,000 when she showed it to me,” Nolan recalls. “When the other two members of the group started their shifts, Melanie and I told them,” Choi said. “They thought it was a joke!”
Once it all went down, Choi told his family, who responded with screams of excitement. While Nolan’s partner responded with a text message, “It’s not April Fool’s Day! Say in disbelief.
The group plans to celebrate a great meal together and Nolan plans to donate a portion of his earnings to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation, as well as possibly continuing his education.
“I’ve always dreamed of being a millionaire, I feel like I’m in a dream,” Choi said.
So far this year, British Columbia lottery players have traded over $ 91 million in winnings on Lotto 6/49, which is a national lottery game drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 7:30 p.m.