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A $2 million pause from breakfast to check lottery ticket

Monday January 25, 2021 | VICTORIA, BC

by Mary P Brooke, editor | Island Social Trends

The top six numbers from the January 9, 2021 BC/49 draw were matched by a Victoria resident to win the game’s top prize of $2 million.

The retired electrician said he was running errands in Duncan when he purchased the ticket at W.S. Supermarket. Jerry Dyck was at home with his daughter and son-in-law enjoying eggs benedict for breakfast when he decided to check it on the BCLC Lotto! app. 

BC49 winner, January 2021
BC49 Winner of $2 million in the January 9, 2021 draw: Jerry Dyck of Victoria. [BCLC]

Once he realized it was no joke, he shared the news with his daughter, who started dancing with him in the living room.

“My son-in-law was putting my grandkid down for a nap, so we were trying to jump up and down and celebrate as quietly as possible,” Dyck recalled of the morning after his birthday.

In addition to gifting some of his win to family, Dyck says he plans to purchase a new RV for a drive across Canada, once it’s safe to travel again after the pandemic. It’s a trip he’s long dreamed of taking.

BC49, winning number, January 9 2021
BC49 winning numbers for the January 9, 2021 draw [BCLC]

About BCLC and winning tickets:

In 2020, British Columbians received more than $17 million in BC/49 prizes. #YouCouldBeNext. Players can purchase BC/49 at lottery retail locations and online at PlayNow.com, with tickets available for the Wednesday and Sunday draws. Winning numbers and group release forms are available online at www.bclc.com. Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, on iOS and Android devices. Learn more about the BCLC Lotto! app here.

Purchasers of lottery tickets in BC must be at least 19 years of age. See the BCLC age verification process. Some retail outlets (such as 711 convenience stores) require a declaration of age in order to purchase lottery tickets (including the scratch and win type).

Lottery revenues are used by the BC Government to fund a range of services including education, health care, and community infrastructure.

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