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Kelowna grandma who won $50-million Lotto Max jackpot thought she'd won $50,000

Vancouver Sun logo Vancouver Sun 12/04/2016 The Canadian Press
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A British Columbia grandmother who won the Lotto Max grand prize initially thought she’d won $50,000.

June Bergh asked her husband to double-check her ticket and says he instantly became dazed when he realized the ticket they were holding was actually worth $50 million.

The Kelowna woman said she still didn’t believe she had the winning ticket until a B.C. Lottery Corp. employee congratulated her for the huge win.

Bergh said when her husband, Gus, told her he’d heard there was a big winner in Kelowna for the April 8 draw, she thought she might have won a $1-million prize.

Bergh said Tuesday she’s looking forward to sharing her winnings with her children and grandchildren.

“This win is about them, not about us,” said Bergh. “It gives me great pleasure in helping others.”

She is also planning a cruise with her husband of 54 years.

The winning ticket was purchased at Safeway in Kelowna on Highway 97 North.

A Vernon resident who has not yet come forward is the winner of the April 9 Lotto 6/49 jackpot.

Those two multimillion-dollar prizes add to an ongoing lucky streak for Okanagan lottery players, which began earlier this year when Kelowna resident Robert Goertzen won $21.9 million on the Feb. 20 Lotto 6/49 draw.

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