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Kelowna cousins ‘blessed’ by $5M lotto win

Cousins Hoa and Duc Nguyen won the Classic Jackpot on April 8
Cousins Hoa and Duc Nguyen with BC Lotto cheque. (BCLC Media Relations)

Last week someone, somewhere in the Okanagan became $5 million richer after winning the Lotto 6/49.

The winners remained a mystery until now.

Cousins Hoa and Duc Nguyen, discovered all six of their numbers matched from the Lotto 6/49 Classic Jackpot draw on April 8.

The new millionaires purchased the ticket from Orchard Park Mall on Harvey Avenue and Hoa found out the news of their win Sunday morning after looking up the winning numbers on

“I matched the winning numbers online to the numbers on our ticket and couldn’t believe it,” Hoa said. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh,’ I was speechless.”

Duc and Hoa had pre-planned to go out for breakfast with some family members later that morning, which turned out to be the perfect opportunity to surprise them all with the exciting news.

“They were all freaking out and nobody could finish their breakfast,” Hoa said. “They were all shaking with excitement!”

The Kelowna residents already have a few ideas in mind on how to spend the money. As the two love fishing, they will purchase a boat with part of their prize. They also look forward to visiting family in Vietnam and plan to surprise them with the news of the win along with a gift of some of their winnings. Hoa will also purchase a home.

In one word, Hoa said the two of them feel “blessed” to win a prize of this size.

In 2022, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $113 million in winnings from Lotto 6/49.

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Jen Zielinski

About the Author: Jen Zielinski

I graduated from the broadcast journalism program at BCIT. I also hold a bachelor of arts degree in political science and sociology from Thompson Rivers University. I was also a reporter for Castanet and CBC. I am a volunteer with Okanagan Humane Society.
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