March 11, 2014 - 5:17 PM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN — Two new millionaires were announced Tuesday afternoon, one from Kamloops and another from Vernon.
Dorothy Lahola of Kamloops won $1 million this week after playing her regular numbers in the Lotto 6/49, which are chosen based on important dates in her life. She bought her ticket at Parkcrest Neighbourhood Store and checked the ticket at the 7-Eleven on Tranquille Road, where she learned she had won one of the five guaranteed prize draws.
“The retailer scanned my ticket and I saw zeros on the screen,” she recalled in disbelief. “I asked, ‘Who won that?’ ‘You did!’ he told me. I was so shocked but after a moment I screamed ‘Yahoo!’”
Surprised by her win, even though she dreamed she had won the week before, she and her husband now plan to renovate their home.
Meanwhile in Vernon Ron and Donna Ritchie matched all seven numbers in the Lotto Max draw, winning one of the 30 MaxMillions prizes this weekend.
Buying and checking their ticket is a regular routine for the couple, who bought the ticket at Charlie's Grocery and found out they won while stopping for groceries at Safeway.
“The feeling is unbelievable,” the newly retired Donna said at the cheque presentation Tuesday. “We were so excited we forgot all about the groceries.”
The couple now plans to share the winnings with their children, pay off their mortgage and renovate their home.
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