While some people may go a lifetime without winning a lottery prize, one Nanaimo woman is a big winner after just a week and a half.
The BC Lottery Corporation says Nanaimo’s Crystal Giesbrecht matched all four Extra numbers in the BC49 draw on Jan. 15 to win $500,000.
“Some of my co-workers and I decided to go in on a group play a few weeks ago when the Lotto Max jackpot was $70 million,” Giesbrecht said.
“Since then I had been buying tickets on the Lotto! App.”
Giesbrecht says she will use the winnings to pay off her car and will continue to work at a Nanaimo credit union, but a big vacation is coming for her March birthday.
“I’ve never been to Mexico before, so that should be a fun birthday!”
BCLC says Giesbrecht was getting ready for work at home when she found out she was a winner.
“I checked the ticket and it said $500,000,” Giesbrecht said.
“It was so surreal. I woke up my daughter and then I woke up my parents and then I went to work right after. I felt sick all day that day!”