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Retired Kamloops trucker wins $35 million

Gary Hill has played the same lottery numbers for two years and it's finally paid off.

A retired Kamloops long-haul trucker is $35 million richer today. 

Gary Hill matched all seven numbers in the June 22 Lotto Max draw and is splitting the $70 million prize with a player in Ontario.

"I haven't come back down since the news," Hill said in a BCLC media event held today, July 7.

Hill hadn't checked his ticket number on the lottery company website until his mother told him the winning ticket was purchased in Kamloops and that's when he learned his decision to play the same set of numbers over the last two years paid off.

"My legs just went into spaghettis and I collapsed onto my bed," Hill said, according to a BCLC media release. "I cried for about 15 minutes."

He plans to travel to Denmark once it's safe, but he will also gift some of his winnings to family and explore ways to contribute to the local hospital.

"I want to help out those around me that might need help," Hill said.

Go here to watch the media event hosted by BCLC.

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