(Virginia & Donald Johnson / Lotto 6/49)

One Victoria couple was in for a jaw-dropping surprise after purchasing tickets for last Saturday’s Lotto 6/49 draw.

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Virginia and Donald Johnson were excited and a little skeptical when they found out they won the $1 million jackpot prize.

“The first person I told was my husband,” Virginia told Lotto 6/49. “I noticed the guarantee winner, so I checked it. Don was downstairs, and I think he asked if I was telling the truth and if I was going to check on it right away.”

The win was clearly welcome news to the couple, who moved from Winnipeg to Victoria for retirement 30 years ago and who have been buying lottery tickets for the past 37 years.

“We have been buying [tickets] since 6/49 started, I never dreamed we would win one of the big ones,” said Virginia. “I don’t think this changes my life, it gives me freedom – we have more freedom in our choices.”

The pair enjoys travelling, especially cruises, and plan to use their winnings to see the world.

“We want to go on these river cruises that travel through different countries,” said Donald. “To me it’s amazing. I think it will really set in when I get that cheque.”

Happy travels, Virginia and Donald!

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