'Finally, I hit the jackpot,' says Richmond lottery winner
Edgar Gracia had a one-in-14-million chance—and he made the most of it.
The 71-year-old Richmond man matched all six numbers in a recent BC/49 draw to win a $2,000,085 jackpot.
“I took a look at it and I just stared,” said Gracia, according to a Friday news release from the B.C. Lottery Corporation. "I literally sat and looked at the numbers and ticket, back and forth for at least two minutes. Finally, I thought to myself, I hit the jackpot!”
Gracia, a longtime local resident originally from the Philippines, claimed the prize Friday.
He bought the winning ticket at the Petro-Canada gas station at Williams and No. 3 roads for the July 26 draw. Later, at home, he discovered he was a winner.
Sitting at his kitchen table, Gracia checked his numbers, finding all six matched. His wife kept it "very cool" when she learned of the windfall, he said.
“We’re going to keep doing the same things, just be a bit more organized and save for our own retirement,” said Gracia. “This is a blessing and I will continue to give back—doing things worthwhile for humanity.”
Gracia, who works as a technologist, regularly donates money to help feed and educate children in the Philippines, and plans to use some of his winnings to continue giving back.
Gracia said he'll continue working because he loves his job. He also has no plans to stop playing BC/49—a twice-weekly lottery game available only in B.C.
"History sometimes repeats itself and you may see me again."