Tina Gauvin accepts the $500,000 win on behalf of her Vernon pharmacy co-workers after they matched all four Extra numbers in the Lotto 6/49. (BCLC photo)

Okanagan pharmacy co-workers $500,000 richer

Pharmacy staff almost didn’t believe all the extra zeros

Known for having a few tricks up her sleeve, no one would believe Tina Gauvin when she told her co-workers they had won $500,000. Even Gauvin admits even she had a hard time believing it.

But the group of seven co-workers at a Vernon pharmacy are the latest winners, after matching all four Extra numbers in the Sept. 25 Lotto 6/49 draw.

“I am known for playing tricks on my co-workers, so when I told them we won, no one would believe me,” said Gauvin, who was appointed team captain by the group.

Gauvin was picking her mother up from the airport when she stopped by a self-serve terminal to scan the winning ticket.

“I was in awe. I thought we had won $50, but then I saw so many zeros. I checked it again and asked the retailer if their machine was broken,” explained Gauvin.

In fact – she was in such disbelief, she needed to check the ticket three times before she shared the news with her co-workers.

“We waited until everyone was finished work before we went to the Hunter’s store in Vernon, where I purchased the ticket, and everyone erupted in excitement.”

When asked what the group may do with their winnings, Gauvin said they have been dreaming up ideas.

“Some people want to go on vacation, and some want to use it for a down payment on a house. But we will probably have a get together for the group too,” she replied.

So far in 2019, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $70 million in prize winning Lotto 6/49 tickets. Anyone can win, and #youcouldbenext! Watch some amazing lottery winner stories online.

READ MORE: Retired B.C. fisherman wins record $60M Lotto Max jackpot

READ MORE: Another shot at B.C. record in Friday’s $65-million lotto jackpot


@VernonNews
newsroom@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Vees to recognize local first responders at tonight’s game

First Responders Night offers free tickets to responders in the community.

RDOS cannabis production bylaw goes to public hearing

Hearing on micro cannabis production facilities will be held Nov. 21

Growing cherries, apples, pears — and big pumpkins

Boerboom worked to produce a massive melon from his Summerland farm

Drivers warn of slippery conditions on the Coquihalla

Snow is falling at the Summit of the Coquihalla

RDOS issues 405 building permits in first nine months of 2019

Construction activity higher this year than during same period last year

ELECTION 2019: It’s so close, it could come down to who turns out to vote

Black Press Media’s polling analyst on the origins of predictive seat modelling in Canada

Summerland holds multiple events to launch festive season

Festival of Lights, Light Up the Vines and Sip ’n’ Shop will be held in late November and December

PET OF THE WEEK: Moose still needs a home

Critteraid cat wants a nice, quiet environment

Jack’s Devils beat Quinn’s Canucks 1-0 in NHL brother battle

New Jersey youngster scores first career goal against Vancouver

Penticton Vees to host 2021 Centennial Cup

It’s the first time Penticton has hosted the tournament which decides the country’s Junior A champions

Two charged after owner’s wild ride through Kamloops in his stolen truck

Crystal Rae Dorrington, 37, and Derrick Ronald Pearson, 32, facing multiple charges

Judge orders credit union’s bank records for Kelowna social worker facing theft allegations

The man is accused of negligence, breach of contract, fraud and a conspiracy with Interior Savings

Leaders pour it on with rallies, boosts for candidates as campaign reaches peak

The federal election campaign has reached a crescendo

Allegations of racism lead to ministry investigation at Vancouver private school

St. George’s School was contacted over what the school describes as ‘deeply offensive behaviour online’

Most Read