Retired teacher Patrick Shannon of Nanoose Bay won a ‘Set for Life’ top prize of $675,000. — BCLC photo

Retired Vancouver Island teacher ‘Set for Life’ after $675K lottery win

Patrick Shannon plans to buy new sails for his sailboat

Patrick Shannon has wanted new sails for the 16-foot sailboat he has been building in his spare time.

The retired teacher from Nanoose Bay will now get those sails, after scratching his way to a $675,000 top prize win with a Set for Life ticket.

Shannon says the extra money means he can buy the sails as opposed to having to make them himself.

“Originally I was going to buy a sewing machine and teach myself to sew the sails together, but now I won’t have to,” says Shannon.

READ MORE: $5-million lotto ticket sold in Nanaimo

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

Shannon admits he rarely buys Scratch & Win tickets, but was stopping for gas and decided to buy a Set for Life ticket on a whim. He later scratched the winning ticket at the family dinner table and soon discovered he was a big winner.

“We were all a little confused at first,” said Shannon. “We thought that it couldn’t be real… we had to go to the local grocery store to have the retailer scan the ticket just to be sure.”

Shannon says aside from sailing around the Gulf Islands, he’s excited to use the money to provide a better life for his family.

For more information visit www.playnow.com/lottery/winners/you-could-be-next.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

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

Just Posted

‘He has a home’, the tale of Ladysmith’s Turf Kitty

Chewy, also known as ‘Turf Kitty’, is a popular presence at Forrest Field

Downtown Ladysmith vehicle fire quickly extinguished

LFR Lieutenant Matt Rickett said that everyone involved responded exactly how they were supposed to

QUIZ: How much do you know about British Columbia?

On this B.C. Day long weekend, put your knowledge of our province to the test

Nanaimo-Ladysmith students will be going back to school full time in the fall in ‘learning groups’

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools to submit back-to-school plan to ministry in August

Airlines dispute Dr. Henry’s claim they ‘very rarely’ give accurate COVID contact tracing info

Air Canada, WestJet say they provide names and contact information

Airborne hot dog strikes Greater Victoria pedestrian

Police called to 4200-block of Quadra Street for hot dog incident

B.C. scientist, 63, protests in trees set to be removed for Trans Mountain pipeline

Tim Takaro is reaching new heights as he tries to stall the pipeline expansion project in New Westminster

Dwindling B.C. bamboo supply leaves Calgary Zoo biologists worried about pandas

Zoo has been trying to send pandas back to China since May

Dinosaurs revived for animatronic auction in Langley

More than 500 robot dinosaurs, fossils, and exhibition gear are going on the block Aug. 6

B.C. paramedics responded to a record-breaking 2,700 overdose calls in July

Province pledges $10.5 million for expansion of overdose prevention response

Canada signs deals with Pfizer, Moderna to get doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Earlier in July both Pfizer and Moderna reported positive results from smaller trials

Canucks tame Minnesota Wild 4-3 to even NHL qualifying series

J.T. Miller leads Vancouver with goal and an assist

Cyclist in hospital after being hit by load of lumber hanging from truck on B.C. highway

A man is in hospital with broken ribs, punctured lung and a broken clavicle and scapula

Most Read