Susan Hoce was at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 265 when she learned she had won the lottery.
The Abbotsford resident said she initially didn’t know what to think, because she first thought she had won a few thousands dollars and a free play.
“I couldn’t see the numbers properly and thought it was a glitch,” Hoce explained. “It didn’t make any sound and I thought maybe $1,000 or $10,000!”
Her prize was exponentially bigger, however, as Hoce became an instant millionaire with a $1-million win.
Hoce was most excited to share the news with her cousin, who was in disbelief when she got the big news.
“She was very emotional and happy for me,” noted Hoce.
There’s never a bad time to win $1 million, but Hoce said the timing of her win was ideal and it will “take the pressure off.”
Her plan is to use the money to pay off her mortgage and waltz into retirement, which has her feeling “blessed.”
“It will need time to let this sink in,” she added.
The winning ticket was purchased at the BCLC Lotto kiosk inside the Walmart on Mt. Lehman Road in Abbotsford.