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Salon trip nets Castlegar couple $2 mill jackpot

October 4th, 2023

Sharon McFadden returned home with a lot more than just a fresh new hairdo upon purchasing a BC/49 ticket on a whim, netting her and her husband Gordon the game’s top prize of $2 million.

“If it wasn’t for the haircut, I wouldn’t have bought the ticket,” Sharon explained.

The couple was at home when Sharon went to pick up the morning paper and opted to check the ticket on BCLC’s Lotto! App while perusing the news.

“I called Gordon over right away and he thought it was only $2,000,” Sharon said of the winning ticket, which was purchased from the Pharmasave on 3rd Street in Castlegar.

Once Gordon realized they matched 6/6 numbers from the August 30, 2023 draw making them multi-millionaires, the two of them told their sons right away.

“We told our two boys and our one son said, ‘Oh my gosh’ and had tears in his eyes,” recalled Sharon.

The McFaddens said it’s “hard to imagine” winning a prize of this amount as it’s still sinking in. They look forward to putting a majority of their win towards helping their family and will also keep some for themselves for a few home renovations.

So far in 2023, British Columbians have won more than $17 million in BC/49 prizes.

Players can purchase BC/49 at lottery retail locations and online at PlayNow.com, with tickets available for the Wednesday and Saturday draws before 7:30 pm PST. Winning numbers and group release forms are available online at www.bclc.com. Players can check their lottery tickets anytime, on iOS and Android devices using the BCLC Lotto! app here.

BCLC offers socially responsible gambling entertainment while generating income to benefit all British Columbians. Remember, play for fun, not to make money. For more information, visit GameSense.com.

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