McGoo is said to be a surname linked to Scottish heritage.
However, it now appears the monicker is linked to the the luck of the Irish.
A winning lottery ticket worth $35 million was sold at McGoo’s Smokes N Stuff in Northills Centre in Kamloops — the same location that sold a winning $675,000 Set for Life scratch ticket just last year.
“It makes us feel pretty special, actually,” co-owner Harry Aggarwal told KTW.
His family owns the shop, having purchased it in 2011 (the name was carried on from a previous owner).
Harry said he does not yet know who sold the June 22 winning ticket to Gary Hill of Kamloops, who split a $70-million Lotto Max jackpot with someone in Ontario.
Hill was not a regular of the shop and the store had been busy. Harry, however, suspects the person that sold the ticket was his mother, who has sold winners in the past two years.
Last year, a winning Set for Life scratch and win ticket was sold at McGoo’s to Angela Gardner, who won $675,000 after scratching three cash symbols. In 2019, someone purchased a $2 crossword scratch and win ticket at the same store and won $25,000.
“My mom sold the previous two tickets, so I guess my mom brings all the luck,” Harry said.
His dad, Sam, said business increased after the announcement by BCLC of the Set for Life ticket purchased at their shop. With the Lotto Max winning ticket valued at more than 50 times that prize, the family expects another bump and also hopes to meet the winner.
Asked what makes the store so lucky, Sam replied: “My employees are very good.”
Added Harry: “Hopefully, we can sell more winners.”
Did you know?
For prizes of $2 million to $70 million, the seller’s prize is 0.1 per cent of the total. For selling Gary Hill’s $35-million Lotto Max ticket, McGoo’s will receive $35,000.
For prizes from $1 million to $1,999,999.99, the lottery retailer receives $2,000. For prizes of $500,000 to $999,999.99, the lottery retailer receives $1,000. For prizes of $100,000 to $499,999.99, the seller’s prize is $500 and for prizes of $10,000 to $99,999.99, the seller’s prize is $250.