Arlana Morse and James McLauchlan, both bus drivers from Surrey, recently won $1 million from the Lotto 6/49 draw held on Aug. 24. (Submitted photo: BCLC)

Surrey bus drivers win $1M in Lotto 6/49

Couple plans to pay off mortgage, invest in children’s education and fly to Greece first-class

Two Surrey bus drivers have big plans for their recent $1-million win.

Arlana Morse and James McLauchlan, both bus drivers in the Lower Mainland who live in Surrey, matched all 10 numbers in the Lotto 6/49 draw held on Aug. 24 for the $1-million guaranteed prize.

Morse and McLauchlan, according to a news release from B.C. Lottery Corportation on Wednesday (Sept. 4), plan to pay off their mortgage, invest in their children’s education and fly to Greece first-class with their winnings, “in addition to retiring a few years earlier than expected.”

“It’s surreal,” McLauchlan said. “We’re still processing it.”

Morse said that when she initially checked her ticket, she thought she had won $100,000. She said she was so excited, she ran to tell McLauchlan about it, but her mother-in-law noticed the screen was showing more zeros.

“[McLauchlan’s] mom informed me, it’s not $100,000, it’s a million!” Morse said. “I ran back outside and said I was wrong…it’s a million! I was jumping up and down.”

So far in 2019, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $62 million in prize-winning Lotto 6/49 tickets.

Lotto 6/49 is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 7:30 p.m.

Each draw includes a Guaranteed Prize Draw of $1 million. Players can purchase tickets at any lottery retailer or at PlayNow.com. Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices.



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