Christmas has come early for two Vancouver Island residents.
Paul Willie of Port Hardy and Meghan Reaume of Comox have struck gold after winning in separate lotteries, totalling over one million dollars.
While on a road trip through Nanaimo, Willie spent part of his evening playing the MegaJackpots Wolf Run slots game.
After playing a few rounds, Willie had to pinch himself out of disbelief.
The Port Hardy man took home a prize of $588,376.64.
“I wasn’t quite sure what to think. I pressed the screen off and on again,” Willie laughed. “I thought it was a hoax.”
Once his win was verified by BCLC, Willie immediately called his family to share the exciting news. “I was most excited to share the news with my children,” Willie said.
While on a Christmas shopping spree in Comox, Meghan Reaume, decided to test her luck by purchasing a Lotto Max ticket for herself.
“I was shopping for Scratch & Win tickets to give as gifts,” recalled Reaume. “Then I saw the Lotto Max jackpot was over $50 million, so I bought myself a ticket as it was Friday!”
The Comox resident initially forgot about the ticket and left it in her bedroom. Upon finding the ticket, she checked BCLC’s Lotto app.
Now with an additional $500,000 in her bank account, Reaume is still in shock, “I’m still processing – it feels like a dream!”
With the newly acquired financial freedom, Reaume plans on paying her family in Ontario a surprise visit over Christmas who she hasn’t seen in years.