Yet another Kamloopsian has won big in a lottery.
Garrett Niessen won $500,000 by matching all four Extra numbers in the Aug. 30 Daily Grand lottery. Niessen’s win came one day before fellow Kamloopsian Sherry Edwards won $1 million in the Sept. 1 Lotto 6/49 draw.
“I logged into my PlayNow account and noticed a few extra zeros on the top right hand corner. I started counting them and realized I actually won the lottery,” Niessen said, noting he bought the ticket online at playnow.com. “I called my wife over and we both screamed instantly. To say we were excited is an understatement.”
Niessen relocated to Kamloops with his wife a few months ago to be closer to family.
“We’ve been settling in, spending time getting to know the community, getting organized in our new home and buying a new vehicle to get around town,” he said.
In fact, Niessen purchased a new car the day before his big win.
“Our friend at the dealership had a great laugh with us when we went to hand him the cheque for the full amount,” he said.
The money won will give Niessen some extra cushion for comfort during his retirement.
“I was fortunate enough to retire a year ago,” he said. “I’m a simple guy who loves to spend time at home with my family.”