CHEK Upside: Victoria man wins lottery on birthday


A retired Vancouver Island electrician is $2 million richer after winning the BC49 jackpot.

Jerry Dyck, who is from Victoria, bought his winning ticket at the W.S. Supermarket in Duncan.

“It was Jan. 7, two days before my birthday and I stopped in here and grabbed a Carnation instant breakfast because I’m a great cook and I thought hey there’s a lottery on my birthday, BC49. So I bought a 10 dollar quick pick,” says Dyck.

Dyck treks over the Malahat each week to look after a friend’s North Cowichan property. Every trip ends with a stop at the same store.

“I’d always stop here and grab snacks and stuff and everybody was always so nice I just kept coming back,” says Dyck.

When Dyck scanned his ticket the day after his 67th birthday, he got quite the shock.

“I [saw] $2,000, that’s pretty cool and then I went wait a minute, there’s another comma there and then I looked and kind of just went into shock,” exclaims Dyck.

Now financially secure, Dyck has traded in his older model Ford Explorer for a Mercedes and paid off all of his debts.

“To open up the Scotia app on my phone and see my balance, that’s the biggest noticeable difference for sure. I went in yesterday with a financial adviser and I paid every bill I owed and my kid’s bills and now it’s time to enjoy my retirement,” says Dyck.

As for those retirement plans, Dyckwants to travel when COVID restrictions are lifted and spend more time with his grandchildren.

Jerry Dyck purchased his winning lotto ticket from W.S Supermarket in Duncan. (CHEK News)

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