Nanaimo’s Crystal Giesbrecht won $500,000 playing BC/49 this month. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo mom will celebrate 40th in style after $500,000 lotto win

Crystal Giesbrecht matches all four numbers on BC/49 Extra

A Nanaimo woman who had only been playing the lotto for a week and a half had some beginner’s luck to the tune of $500,000.

Crystal Giesbrecht won the prize in last Wednesday’s BC/49 draw when she matched all four Extra numbers.

She wasn’t a lotto player, but she was drawn to a record-setting Lotto Max prize offered up earlier this month and pitched in with her co-workers at a credit union.

“We were doing group tickets at work the week before for the $70 million, so then my boss told me about the app,” Giesbrecht said.

She knew “you always have to say yes” to the Extra, she said, but she didn’t necessarily feel like she’d bought a lucky ticket.

“I’ve never really won anything before, so I wasn’t expecting anything,” Giesbrecht said.

But she checked her ticket on her new B.C. Lottery Corporation PlayNow app, found out she won, and felt a mix of excitement, nerves and disbelief. She woke up family members to tell them the news, then let her friends know.

Giesbrecht said she plans to pay off her car, then she wants to take a holiday in March to celebrate her birthday with friends, probably to Mexico, where she’s never been before.

“It’s my 40th birthday, so we’re going to go party,” she said.

READ ALSO: Vancouver Island lighthouse keeper wins a million bucks playing the lottery

For more information about playing the lotto, visit http://playnow.com. To learn more about the games and find support around problem gambling, visit http://gamesense.com.



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Black Press

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19: Isolation exemptions to frontline workers a danger to patients, say Island Health employees

Staff exempt from self-isolation upon return from international travel according to Island Health

B.C. COVID-19 contact restrictions working, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

’Not out of the woods yet’ as next two weeks are critical

‘I just don’t get it’, Wash Me on Ludlow suffers thefts and abuse of services

Owner Michelle Nischi is concerned for her health and her business

Ladysmith businesses carry on in the time of COVID-19

Local businesses struggle to stay open and serve the public

Inked magazine cover hopeful no longer in the running

Jaimee Kodric is grateful for all the support she received in her… Continue reading

Trudeau announces 75% wage subsidy for small businesses amid COVID-19

This is up from the previously announced 10 per cent wage subsidy

Ongoing list of Ladysmith COVID-19 cancellations and closures

Everything in Ladysmith that has been impacted by COVID-19

World update, 9:30 p.m. March 27: Positive news in Korea as U.S. hits 100,000 cases

The United States now has the most coronavirus cases of any country in the world

VIDEO: Penguins roam empty halls of Vancouver Aquarium

COVID-19 has forced the Vancouver Aquarium to close access to guests – leaving room for its residents

COVID-19: Qualicum Beach youngster gets car parade for his sixth birthday

Friends get creative after party cancelled due to ongoing pandemic

Kids get back to learning in B.C., online

Ministry of Education rolls out new tool for school

Nanaimo RCMP ask for help locating 17-year-old girl believed to be with 36-year-old man

Mary Cyprich, missing since Thurday, might be in company of Force Forsythe

67 more B.C. COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Vancouver region

Positive tests found in Surrey, Langley long-term care facilities

Most Read