A Victoria man’s birthday got an extra dose of celebration after his self-gift of a lottery ticket scored him $2 million.
Jerry Dyck, a retired electrician, matched all six numbers on the January 9 BC/49 draw for the top prize.
The Victoria resident said he was running errands in Duncan and purchased the ticket at W.S. Supermarket.
It was only when Dyck was back home enjoying breakfast with his daughter and son-in-law that he decided to check his ticket.
“I could not believe it,” Dyck said. “I thought someone was playing a prank on me.”
The news kicked off an impromptu dance celebration with Dyck and his daughter, while his son-in-law put Dyck’s grandchild down for a nap.
“We were trying to jump up and down and celebrate as quietly as possible,” Dyck said.
The lottery winner says he plans to gift some of the money to his family and will purchase a new RV. Dyck plans to fulfill a dream to travel across Canada, once it is safe to do so.
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