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'I could sure use a drink right now:' Kelowna woman wins $1 million in scratch and win game

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September 07, 2016 - 4:34 PM


KELOWNA - A Kelowna woman is $1 million richer after winning a Scratch and Win prize today, and her first purchase is going to be gas to make it home.

Penny Hand, 51, won the money this morning, Sept. 7, after playing the new game called "100X Multiplier" according to a news release from BCLC.

She says everything today has been a blur and she still feels dizzy, excited and overwhelmed.

Hand says she went to get her morning coffee at the Husky on Edwards Road when she noticed there was a new Scratch and Win game. To pay for it, she cashed in her old winning ticket which was worth $10.

She drove to work and parked in the lot. Hand got out her scratch ticket, in which you had to match the top numbers to win the $10,000 prize.

"So I see 41, then I see 41 again and I'm like no way," Hand says.

Then she scratched the multiplier at the bottom, which read "100." Hand says since she's bad at math so she pulled out her phone to calculate how much her grand total was.

A $1 million ticket was in Hand's hands.

"I didn’t think it was real. So I went to work for two hours," Hand says.

After that she had her first coffee break and went back to the Husky to see if this was real.

Hand says she went to the machine, scanned her ticket and was shocked when all the zeroes came up.

"I almost peed myself," Hand says.

She went back to work and told her boss she had to leave. 

"And I’m not sure if I’ll be back tomorrow or the rest of the week, or at all after that," Hand told her boss. "I won $1 million."

Hand says she and her husband will probably pay off their bills before purchasing anything extravagant, but her first purchase will have to be gas to make it from the BCLC Headquarters in Kamloops, back home to Kelowna.

"I could sure use a drink right now," Hand says. "I didn’t wake up this morning thinking this was going to happen, but I’m sure glad I woke up this morning and did it.”

Hand also plans on travelling home to the east coast for the first time in 13 years to visit family.

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