Local couple wins $1 million

Have you ever asked yourself what you would do with $1 million?

  • Aug. 11, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Have you ever asked yourself what you would do with $1 million?

Roberta and Sidney Roemer of Ladysmith aren’t just asking anymore. A guaranteed $1 million win from the July 16 Lotto 6/49 Draw means they’re actually planning what to do with that much money.

The Roemers have a specific system for playing Lotto 6/49 and their other favourite lottery games, according to a press release from the BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC). They compile all their tickets purchased throughout the week and check them all at once at the end of the week.

The Roemers didn’t even realize that they had won the guaranteed $1 million Lotto 6/49 prize until almost a week after the draw, according to the BCLC.

The winning ticket was purchased at the 49th Parallel Grocery store in Ladysmith.

“As luck would have it, the same clerk that sold the Roemers the winning ticket was also working when Roberta went in to check their week’s worth of tickets,” states the BCLC. “The retailer just finished saying that there are never any lottery winners in Ladysmith when $1,000,000 popped up on the screen. Upon seeing all the zeros, Roberta yelled, which got everyone’s attention to join her in the celebration.”

“Roberta rushed home and said we had to go to Vancouver tomorrow and showed me the validation slip. I was stunned,” recalled Sidney.

According to BCLC, Roberta will be quitting her job, and the couple plans on finishing home renovations, purchasing a new truck and taking a tropical vacation in the near future.