A Tumbler Ridge resident walked into the BC Lottery Corporation headquarters on Tuesday and walked out $10 million richer.
Vivienne Mills won the massive prize after matching all six numbers on the April 3 Lotto 6/49 ticket that she purchased online at playnow.ca.
The longtime Tumbler Ridge resident said she can’t wait to share the life-changing money with her two children and four grandchildren.
“I want to set the kids and the grandkids up right away,” Mills said. “We’re looking forward to paying off our grandkids’ education, their student loans and helping them buy a house.”
While the epic win is starting to sink in for Mills, she said she couldn’t believe her eyes when she first got the notification of her win.
“I got an e-mail notification saying I won a prize. I was expecting to see a free ticket, maybe a dollar,” she said. “Then I saw a lot of zeros and thought I was seeing things, so I woke up my husband and asked him to look.”
After a trip to the local store, Mills confirmed she had won the life-changing $10-million jackpot prize.
“I’ve been buying tickets on playnow.com for the last two years,” she said. “I always say that if I win, I win, and if I don’t, I don’t. My husband was shocked. We’re both still shocked.”
While her priority is sharing the windfall with family, Mills admitted she is also planning something special for herself.
“Well, I’d like to buy a new car,” she said. “Right now, we have a truck and it’d sure be nice to have a smaller car that’s easier to get into parking spots.”
Lotto 6/49 is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 7:30 p.m.