‘Feeling of freedom’: Courtenay couple wins $500K in Lotto 6/49 draw

'Feeling of freedom': Courtenay couple wins $500K in Lotto 6/49 draw
Patsy and Robert McNeilly won the Extra prize in the Oct. 28 Lotto 6/49 draw.

A Courtenay couple plans to visit their grandkids and explore the country after winning a $500,000 Lotto 6/49 prize.

Patsy McNeilly says she and her son went to Driftwood Mall to scan her ticket, and at first she didn’t believe her son that she had won.

“I was inside Driftwood Mall and asked my son to scan the ticket because my eyesight was bad,” she said in a news release. “He told me that I won $500,000 and I said, ‘yeah right.’ The retailer confirmed the amount and tears were coming down, I just did not believe it.”

When she called her husband, Robert McNeilly, he reacted similarly.

“It took a while to settle in, it did not click,” Robert said.

Patsy says the winnings give her a “feeling of freedom.”

The Courtenay couple has plans to visit their grandchildren in the Okanagan, explore the East Coast of Canada and Ottawa with their lotto winnings, and then to also pay off their mortgage and invest for retirement.

According to the BC Lottery Corporation, the odds of matching all four numbers in the Extra prize to win $500,000 is one in 3,764,376. Odds of winning the top prize of $5 million is one in 13,983,816.

This announcement comes the day after a Victoria couple was unveiled as the winner of a Nov. 18 draw for $5 million.

READ MORE: Victoria couple $5M richer after lottery win: ‘A legacy for our grandkids’

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