January 01, 2016 - 2:30 PM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Millions of people play the lottery but only a handful of people win millions — and a half dozen of those who won this year live in the Southern Interior.
First up was Albert and Margaret Greening of Vernon, who won $5.8 million in the April Fool’s Day Lotto 6/49 draw. Their ticket was one of six for the $35 million draw.
Six weeks later Tanya Williams of Enderby claimed her $1-million prize from a Lotto Max draw and then Caroline Longval of Coldstream claimed a $500,000 prize from the Lotto Max Extra.
Not to be left out, Brittany Powell of Kelowna bought a Lotto Max ticket worth $1 million while filling up her Jeep in Cache Creek and two weeks later Irene Vestner of Penticton was announced the winner of a $1-million Lotto 6/49 guaranteed prize. Just a few days later Michelle Schulte of Kelowna claimed her $500,000 Lotto Max Extra prize.
Things cooled off in the region for a couple months but heated up again in December when Tuong Van Mai of Kelowna claimed a $1-million Lotto 6/49 prize and Diana Cools and Neil Remsbery claimed their $500,000 Lotto Max Extra prize — the second time the lucky couple has won the lottery. And just this week Penticton couple Lindsay and Grzegroz Slobodzian won $1 million in the Lotto Max draw.
This month a Langley family finally claimed their $50-million prize from a 2014 Lotto Max draw after first trying to claim the prize through a trust account.
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