Nanaimo woman ‘gobsmacked’ at $675K lottery win

Nanaimo woman 'gobsmacked' at $675K lottery win
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Nanaimo woman Vera Strand is pictured.

A Nanaimo woman says some “nice family dinners” are in order after she won a whopping $675,000 from a scratch and win lottery ticket.

Vera Strand says she was at the Fairway Market on Rutherford Road in Nanaimo when she bought the winning ticket, which was one of her favourite purple “Set for Life” scratch tickets.

Strand told the BC Lottery Corporation that she had the ticket for several days before she eventually sat down at home with a cup of coffee and scratched it with her lucky dime.

That’s when she noticed she had won the Set for Life ticket’s top prize of $675,000.

“I FaceTimed my daughter to ask her if I was seeing things,” Strand said in a release. “I thought, ‘Wow, I have won!’”

The Nanaimo woman says she’s not quite sure what to do with the winnings yet, besides the aforementioned nice meals with her family and putting some money away for retirement.

“I have no plans for bucket list items yet,” she said.

When asked about the unexpected windfall, Strand said she was “gobsmacked” to have won such a large prize.

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