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Winning 'doesn't seem real,' says Coldstream lotto winner

“Winning doesn't seem real, and I have to remind myself that I have won $1 million dollars,” Randall McDuff said.
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April 15, 2020 - 10:49 AM

Randall McDuff still can't quite believe he won the Guaranteed Prize of $1 million from the March 28 Lotto 6/49 draw.

The Coldstream man bought a ticket from a Vernon 7-Eleven and when he went back to check his numbers, he was in a bit of a state, which caused his wife some concern.

“When I went out to the car, I was checking my breath and she asked me if I was having a heart attack,” McDuff said in a press release. “When I told her that I had won, at first she didn't believe me and I had to tell her a few times… She was very excited for me.” 

McDuff, who claimed the life-changing prize using BCLC’s temporary alternate prize-claim process.

“Winning doesn't seem real, and I have to remind myself that I have won $1 million dollars,” McDuff said.

McDuff has been playing Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Max for more than 20 years and has never travelled outside of Canada. The $1 million win will change his life and, once COVID-19 precautions have eased allowing him to resume normal activities, he may take a trip to Australia. More fishing and golfing are also in the plans.

Once the life-changing realization has really settled in, McDuff says his first priority is to visit family in Manitoba after several years of not being able to.

“My family is older and I would like the opportunity to see them again once I am able to," he said.

To support players in claiming lottery prizes during this time, BCLC has implemented alternate prize-claim processes for winners. 

Lotto 6/49 is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 7:30 p.m. (PST). Each draw includes a Guaranteed Prize Draw of $1 million. Players can purchase tickets at any lottery retailer or at PlayNow.com. Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices using the BCLC Lotto! App.


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