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Safari for Richmond lotto winners

Don Fennell   Jul-27-2018

Wayne Martin and Sandee Towers plan to celebrate winning the June 27 Lotto 6/49 jackpot with a family African safari.


Sandee Towers thought it was a joke.

“At first I just didn’t believe him,” she said after her husband, Wayne Martin, told her they’d won the $7 million jackpot in the June 27 Lotto 6/49 draw.

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Martin decided to surprise his wife, who was travelling in England, by meeting her in London with two of their children to share the news face-to-face.

“Remember how we wanted to buy a Jeep,” Martin told Towers. “Well now we can.”

Towers recalled asking her husband what he was talking about. Then he showed her a newspaper article about a $7 million ticket sold in Richmond.

Martin bought the ticket at 7-Eleven on Granville Avenue and Cooney. It’s a custom he followed every week.

After self-checking the ticket and seeing all the zeros after the number seven, he said it took a few minutes to sink in.

“I looked at the numbers but it just didn’t compute,” he said. “I got a Slurpee and went back and checked my ticket again. Then I took a picture and bought my other tickets.”

The couple is also looking forward to spending more time with their four children, and buying a house in the B.C. Interior.

“We’re a close-knit family. Pretty quiet,” said Towers. “We like to spend lots of time with our children.”

She added: “We’re both just so excited. This win takes so much pressure off of our family. We can help our children, savour a slower pace, and do more of the things we love and just enjoy being together.”


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