Prince Rupert’s Newest Millionaire (Five Times Over) Is Finally Revealed

A big cheque for a big win.

​​[This story originally appeared on The North Coast Review, a blog based in Prince Rupert that contains “items of interest to those living on the North Coast of BC.”]

It has been the talk of the town since October 6th and this week the BC Lottery Corporation finally shared the name of British Columbia’s latest member of the millionaire-plus club: Prince Rupert’s Juanita Parnell.

The Rupertite matched up all six numbers, a set which she has played for twenty years with the October 6th Lotto 6/49 draw. 

Ms. Parnell shared the $11 million jackpot with an Ontario resident. Parnell’s take from the night was 5,790,419 dollars and ninety cents.

The lucky winner told the BC Lottery Corporation of a few restless nights following the win, as well as what her lottery strategy was for the draw.

“I was in a rush [to buy my ticket]. I had actually forgotten and was hurrying to buy [before sales closed for the draw], and was worried I would miss the numbers,” she said. 

As well, she relayed some of her plans for the jackpot winnings, which will include a special trip for her grandchildren.

“I’d like to take them to Disney World in Florida, preferably during the non-storm season. We’ve never been able to go on a vacation together all at once,” she said.

For those wondering where the ticket of good fortune came from, it was purchased downtown at the West End Grocery on Second Avenue West.

You can learn more about her date with lottery destiny here.

The BC Lottery Commission also has a video interview with Ms. Parnell which you can review below:

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