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Cashier checks ticket for record lotto jackpot

When Sunil Arora awoke Saturday morning, the last thing he expected to do was validate a $50-million lotto ticket.

When Sunil Arora awoke Saturday morning, the last thing he expected to do was validate a $50-million lotto ticket.

The Lotto Max win, which hasn’t been officially confirmed by the B.C. Lotto Corporation, stands to be the biggest lottery win in B.C.’s history.

Arora, a soft-spoken cashier, has been working at a Kitsilano Mac’s store for nearly two years. Up until now, the largest win he’s seen was $2,000.

“It was unbelievable,” said Arora, recalling the moment he checked the winning ticket.
“I couldn’t believe (my eyes), it was fantastic.”

The winner, a store regular, came in and checked the ticket at a self-scanner just after noon, but refused to believe the display, said Arora.

The ticket, a quick pick, matched seven out of seven winning numbers.

The winner “came over to me and wanted me to recheck the ticket. And when I rechecked … (it was) confirmed as a $50-million jackpot.”

Like most people, Arora admitted that for a second, he wished he was B.C.’s newest millionaire.

The previous largest lottery prize in B.C. was $25 million, won earlier this year by a Surrey couple.

 
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