Hospital Workers Split $4.5 Million Lottery Jackpot in Canada

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Four hospital workers in British Columbia, Canada became overnight millionaires after winning the lottery jackpot worth 6 million Canadian dollars ($4.5 Million).

Heewon (Theresa) Choi and three of her colleagues from the Royal Columbia Hospital in New Westminster won the 6/49 lottery draw on Oct. 31, according to the official British Columbia Lottery Corporation.

Choi, the “team captain” of the group, discovered they won after scanning the ticket she bought at a Shoppers Drug Mart on East Columbia Street using the BCLC Lotto! App while she was at the office.

Choi thought they won 6,000 Canadian dollars ($4,572), but their winnings were much higher. She immediately notified Melanie Nolan, another member of the group.

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“I couldn’t believe it. I immediately showed it to Melanie who sits right next to me,” she said. “I thought it was $6,000 when she showed it to me. When the other two group members started their shift, Melanie and I told them. They thought it was a joke!”

Screenshot via @BCLC

The group, which has been playing the lottery for about a year, often uses number combinations such as birthdays and anniversaries.

The first group plans to get together to celebrate over a good meal, while Nolan wants to donate some of her money to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation. She also wants to go back to school.

“I’ve always dreamed about being a millionaire. I feel like I’m in a dream,” Choi said.

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Feature Image via British Columbia Lottery Corporation

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