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Lotto 6/49 winner carried $1 million ticket in wallet for a month

Lotto 6/49 one million dollar winner Steve Woloshyn of Kelowna.  - Contributed
Lotto 6/49 one million dollar winner Steve Woloshyn of Kelowna.
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A Kelowna accountant checked his Lotto 6/49 ticket as an after-thought this morning, noticing that he hadn't bothered to check the numbers on the ticket since the March 22 draw.

To his surprise, Steve Woloshyn discovered he had a winning ticket, which he had purchased at a Chevron gas station in  Hope on his way home to Kelowna from Vancouver a month ago.

"I was taking out money to buy milk at a corner store and noticed the ticket was in my wallet. I had forgotten about it. So I check to validate it and discovered it was a winning ticket," Woloshyn said.

"At that moment, I was more in shock than anything. I couldn't believe it."

Woloshyn said he is not a regular lottery ticket player, normally buying three of four tickets a year on a whim. "I guess I was lucky that I didn't lose the ticket all that time it was in my wallet."

Woloshyn, 44, who is married with two children ages two and six, said he really hasn't had a chance yet to let the fact he's become an instant millionaire sink in, or what he will do with his winnings.

"I guess discharging the mortgage to have that no longer hanging over your head would be one thing to do, but at the moment we'll deposit the cheque and sit back and evaluate what to do next," he said, noting that being an accountant will certainly offer him some insight in how to proceed.

"A million dollars… it certainly enhances your life."

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