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iN VIDEO: For these B.C. lottery winners, giving back was top of mind

The B.C. Lottery Corporation has released a list of the Top 10 Feel-Good Lottery Winners of 2020, recognized for their determination to help others with their winnings.
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December 29, 2020 - 2:45 PM

While the COVID-19 pandemic has hit many people hard this year, there are plenty in B.C. who got an assist from B.C. Lottery Corporation.

That includes Christyna Whieldon, an Armstrong resident who won $1 million on a Lotto 6/49 ticket in October, according to a BCLC media release.

“I was in my kitchen,” Whieldon told the lottery corporation of her actions on the day she realized she’d won. “I had Googled the winning numbers — I probably checked the number about 500 times. I now have that Guaranteed (Prize Draw) number memorized.”

While she’s going to pay off her mortgage, she’s also going to support more local businesses with money from her windfall.

“I live and work in an amazing community,” she said in the release.

Whieldon is one of the lottery corporations’s Top 10 Feel-Good Lottery Winners of 2020, recognized for their determination to help others with their winnings.

She’s the only one in B.C.’s Interior on the list. More of her story can be read here.

Others include:

Ronald ‘Ron’ Cumiskey of Aldergrove who plans to donate to the B.C. Children’s Hospital and brain cancer research.

Courtenay’s Alan Barker plans to buy equipment for his local hospital.

Eleanor Kendall of New Westminster will donate some of her winnings to her family’s endowment fund at a Lower Mainland university for STEM and early childhood development research.

In all, B.C. residents won more than $691 million in lottery prizes this year.


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