Surrey's Lori Colford won $1 million in Lotto 6/49 after her brother gave her a ticket for Christmas.

Surrey woman gets a million dollar gift

Lori Colford's Christmas present turned out to be a winning lottery ticket.

For several years, Lori Colford’s brother has been buying her lottery tickets for gifts, so she wasn’t surprised to find one under the tree this year.

It was for the Dec. 25 Lotto 6/49 Super Draw, but she set it aside and didn’t check the numbers right away.

It wasn’t until last week, when she was taking down her Christmas tree, that she saw the ticket on the table. She went to her local gas station and handed it to the attendant to check.

“The Chevron retailer advised me to call BCLC right away,” said Colford. “She said ‘it must be a big win,’ but I never dreamed I’d won $1,000,000!”

Thanks to her brother’s generous gift, Colford is planning a family trip, in addition to a new car and hopefully an injection into her savings account.

Her ticket was bought at the gas station at 176 Street and 64 Avenue in Cloverdale.

The Dec. 25 draw was the first Super Draw of the new Lotto 6/49. It consisted of five Guaranteed Prize Draws of $1 million, two of which were sold in B.C.

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