Paul Horak and four of his friends will have a lot of extra spending money, $200,000 apiece, after winning one of the Guaranteed $1 million prizes in the July 8 6/49 draw.
Horak and his friends have been purchasing lottery tickets together for the past three years and he said he was taken aback when he received the call about holding a winning ticket.
“Everyone dreams about winning the lottery and that’s why our group bought tickets every week,” he said.
“My dream was that one day we would win and that dream came true.”
While many in town were wondering who had won the ticket after news of a local winner was posted on the BC Lottery Corporation website, Horak said the group was in no rush to make the win public.
“Prince Rupert is a small town and there were a lot of rumours about the potential winner,” smiled Horak, who said a first-class trip to Europe may be in the card.
“We have only shared the news with family because we wanted to wait until we had the cheque in our hands and the win was official.”
The winning ticket was sold at West End Grocery and Horak said the group of five winners plans to continue buying tickets each week.