Winners of the $500

Local couple wins big, again

Diana Cools and Neil Remsbery are the winners of a $500,000 win on the Lotto Max extra

A Vernon couple’s stockings have been stuffed with cash this Christmas.

Diana Cools and Neil Remsbery are the winners of a $500,000 prize on the Lotto Max extra. The couple held off for more than a month before claiming the Nov. 6 prize.

“I never checked it at first, I had it in my purse for five days,” admits Cools, who purchased the ticket at the downtown Chevron gas station on 32nd Street.

It wasn’t until Remembrance Day that Cools checked the ticket, back at the Chevron.

“I didn’t believe them at all. I think I said, ‘No this isn’t right, you guys are joking around.’”

When she realized it was no joke, Cools called her partner of more than 35 years to share the news.

“I thought it was BS at first,” said Remsbery, who grew up in Coldstream and Vancouver. “Then she handed the phone to the retail lady.”

Wanting to share the excitement with her partner, Cools decided to wait until he got home from his 10-week stint working in Alberta.

Cools, who grew up in Winfield,  admits it wasn’t easy waiting to claim the prize.

“I was a nervous wreck carrying around that ticket.

“It’s quite something, I could’ve lost it. It was in my messy purse.”

The couple drove to Kamloops to claim their prize Tuesday at the B.C. Lottery Corporation office.

The couple have no children, but have several pets they’ve been spoiling.

“When I found out, the next place I went was Safeway and bought some groceries and to the fish section and bought the cats an expensive can of sockeye salmon,” said Cools.

They are still waiting for the news to sink in and aren’t sure yet what they might spend their winnings on.

“We’re kind of still in a daze,” said Cools, who looks after their acreage while Remsbery works for a pipeline outfit.

Although there is one item that they are eager to pick up.

“Now I can get free cheques at the bank,” said Cools, who was recently informed that if you have $100,000 or more in the bank you aren’t charged for cheques.

This is the second win for the couple, who are regular lottery players, after collecting $50,000 in 1993 on the BC/49.

Since good things usually come in threes, they are hoping to make another trip to Kamloops soon.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Plan in place for students’ return at OKIB cultural immersion school

An outdoor program will precede the start of regular classes Sept. 21 at the school on Westside Road

Wedding party bear sprayed at Cherryville campsite

Latest criminal activity at the Meadows leaves locals frustrated

WATCH: Gas line repaired downtown, evac lifted

Firefighters, police on scene near 32nd Avenue — more to come

Armstrong’s IPE hosts special events in COVID-19 ‘gap year’

Progressive 50/50 draw, colouring contest sponsored by IPE; plans going ahead for 2021

Reform taxes to bolster job growth in distilling: Vernon chamber says

Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce urges residents to push feds for tax reform

Video: SUV burns alongside the highway near Salmon Arm

Footage of the burning vehicle was posted to Youtube.

Horvat scores 2 as Vancouver Canucks beat Blues 5-2 in NHL playoff opener

Game 2 in best-of-seven series goes Friday night

Federal Conservative leadership candidate skirts COVID-19 rules at Kelowna rally

Derek Sloan held a rally in Kelowna that had more than 50 people, which is against health orders from the province

Teachers to get 2 extra days to prepare for students’ return, now set for Sept. 10

Students will first start with orientation and learn rules of COVID-19 classroom policies

High-volume littering at Cape Scott draws ire from hiking groups

Popular Vancouver Island hiking spot not closing, but frustration about crowding grows

SFU to drop ‘Clan’ varsity team name

The ‘Clan’ name is shortened from ‘Clansmen,’ and was introduced roughly 55 years ago

New Tory leader must build a strong team in Commons and for the campaign: Scheer

Scheer marked his final day in the House of Commons today as leader of the Opposition

South Okanagan restaurant ranked among world’s best by TripAdvisor

The Hooded Merganser was ranked within the top 10 per cent of all restaurants by TripAdvisor reviews

Highway 97 upgrade option for Peachland faces 20-year delay

Peachland council disappointed by highways department decision

Most Read