(BCLC)

A Vancouver Island man who uses a deck of card to pick his lotto numbers won half a million dollars after saying ‘yes’ to the Extra for the Lotto Max draw on October 13.

BCLC says that Courtenay resident Greg Brown uses a deck of cards to select his lottery numbers every week. The retiree who has lived on the island for more than 20 years swears by his deck-of-cards strategy.

“I’ve been off and on for the Extra over the years, but for whatever reason, I decided to say ‘yes’ this time,” says Brown.

“I take a deck of cards and mark down numbers one to 50 with a stencil pen, and I shuffle them and deal them out to pick my numbers,” says Brown. “But I guess it didn’t matter this time when I decided to play the Extra!”

After picking his numbers, Brown used his phone to purchase his ticket and later discovered he had won a prize while doing some grocery shopping.

“My phone beeped and I got an e-mail saying I had won a prize on PlayNow.com,” says Brown. “When I went home and checked my account and it said $500,000, I thought it was a joke.”

Brown says he’s sticking to his deck-of-cards strategy for future draws, hoping it will pay off for an even bigger lottery prize in the future.

“I’ve already shuffled up the cards and have my ticket for the next draw!”

Earlier this week, BCLC announced a Parksville resident had recently won $75,000 from the BC/49 draw on Wednesday, September 9.

Jared Huggan plans to purchase an electric bike for his partner and says he will put the rest away for retirement.

Huggan purchased the winning ticket from Walmart on Island Highway in Nanaimo while shopping with his husband, Ron.

He was at home when he decided to check his numbers and discovered he had matched 5 of 6 numbers.

“I wanted to tell Ron right away, but he was visiting with the neighbours so I went over to share the news,” said Huggan.

The pair then headed to a Co-op to double check that his ticket was indeed a winner.

“When the screen showed I was a winner, I just thought, ‘this can not be happening,’” Huggan recalled.

“Ron was excited and took a photo of the screen. We posted it on social media and I had so many people reach out to me. Everyone was excited and happy.”

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