VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – BC’s newest millionaire is a man from Kelowna who initially thought he won a fraction of the nearly $17 million jackpot he collected today in Vancouver.
Clifford Britch says the clerk had to correct him when he told his wife they’d won $16,000 in the November 22nd draw.
“She looks and she says, ‘That’s not $16,000. It’s $16 million!’ I said, ‘Wow!’ All of a sudden, it’s a whole different ball game because now, $16 million is a serious amount of money. Holy smoke.”
The couple plans to share the money with family, but Britch says in the future, they might upgrade that to plane tickets.
“We’ve got a big slab of icing that we can put on the cake, so it kind of changed the experience for us a little bit in that we probably do a few things extra that we wouldn’t normally do — like when we’re flying, [we’ll] probably fly business class instead of economy, for example.”
The 70-year-old retiree adds they already booked a cruise to South America before winning the lottery.
The winning ticket was bought at the Orchard Park Shopping Centre in Kelowna.