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Vernon sells million-dollar ticket

Kelowna residents Joe and Sharon Dettling have cashed in on their winnings from a 6/49 ticket bought in Vernon – making them $3 million richer. - BCLC Photo
Kelowna residents Joe and Sharon Dettling have cashed in on their winnings from a 6/49 ticket bought in Vernon – making them $3 million richer.
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The missing millionaires have come forward.

It turns out the winning Lotto 6/49 ticket sold in Vernon belongs to a Kelowna couple.

Joe and Sharon Dettling cashed in on their winnings Tuesday after realizing they had matched all six numbers on the Jan. 22 6/49 draw to win $3.17 million.

“I was talking to my uncle and he asked me if I had checked my ticket because he heard that someone in Vernon had won the jackpot,” said Joe, 69. “Sharon and I went straight to the computer to check our numbers. We couldn’t believe our eyes.”

The Dettlings purchased their winning Quick Pick ticket at the 27th Street Shoppers Drug Mart in Vernon.

“We just stared at each other in complete shock,” added Sharon, 63. “Then we did a ‘happy dance’ and we haven’t stopped!”

The two lucky winners, who enjoy golfing together, say they don’t have any plans for the money just yet.

“We need to let it sink in first,” said Sharon. “But one thing’s for sure – retirement just got a whole lot better!”

A second ticket sold in Quebec is also entitled to half of the $6.34 million jackpot.

The winning numbers are 4, 5, 9, 12, 33 and 36. The bonus is 38.

Each of the winners beat out significant odds to hit the jackpot. The odds of matching all six numbers to win a Lotto 6/49 draw are one in 13,983,816.

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