(Melvina Varcoe/BCLC)

A Victoria woman’s pockets are $200,000 heavier after winning a Keno draw.

When Melvina Varcoe purchased her ticket for the May 27th Keno draw, she had no idea what surprise was in store for her. 

The ticket was purchased from the Burnside Road Shell and checked on a self-checker at a nearby 7-Eleven. 

“I saw that there was 200 with several zeros,” Varcoe recalled.

“I put it in my purse right away and took it to the cashier to make sure it was right.”

It was!

After the shock wore off, Varcoe shared the news with one of her sons. 

“I don’t think either of us were that excited in the moment since we were both dumbfounded,” she said.

When asked what she planned on doing with her prize money, Varcoe said although she doesn’t have any concrete plans she will likely invest it. 

The win comes shortly after a Victoria fisherman won $50,000 in a Keno draw last month. Philip Louie purchased his winning ticket from the BCLC kiosk at the Bay Centre.

When asked how he would celebrate his win, Louie said “I have an 18-foot boat and want to buy myself a new outboard motor.”

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