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Richmondite pockets $1M belated birthday gift

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:54 PST, Fri November 22, 2019

The gift came a day late, but Marlon Coronado isn’t complaining.

Saying he “can’t believe it,” Coronado matched all 10 numbers on his first-ever purchase of a Lotto 6/49 ticket in the Nov. 20 draw. It was one day after his 36th birthday.

Coronado works in the hospitality industry and usually buys Lotto Max tickets. He decided to switch-it-up when he purchased his Lotto 6/49 ticket at the Richmond Centre Lottery Ticket Centre a few days prior to Wednesday’s draw.

Since his wife was at work when he scanned the winning ticket from home on the BCLC Lotto! App, the first thing he did was tell his dog Martial, a one-year-old Bichon Frise. 

“When I bought the ticket my wife and I decided that, if we won, we would buy a house with a garden for Martial,” Coronado said. “He’s our good-luck charm.”

Next, Coronado drove to his wife’s office to tell her the good news.

“I thought it was only $1,000,” Ronalyn Coronado said, recalling how she felt when her husband held up his phone with the $1-million winning message on it — plus a free play. “Then I counted the zeros. After that, I asked my boss if I could take the rest of the day off.”

So far in 2019, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $79 million in prize winning Lotto 6/49 tickets. Anyone can win, and #youcouldbenext! Watch some amazing lottery winner stories online.

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