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$7.9M Lotto winner sold in Kelowna

Someone in Kelowna has become an instant millionaire.

The BC Lottery Commission confirms that one of the two winning tickets for Wednesday night's $16 million jackpot was sold in Kelowna.

"The ticket was indeed sold in Kelowna," says BCLC spokesperson Chris Fairclough. "I can't give out the retailer location until the winner comes forward."

The winner will share the jackpot with someone in Ontario, with each taking home $7,943,131.

"The winner has 52 weeks to come forward and claim the ticket. They can either go to our Vancouver location or our Kamloops location to claim their prize."

To this point, the jackpot has never gone unclaimed, although Fairclough says there was a prize worth just over $100,000 which was never awarded because time ran out.

Although, he admits, it's not uncommon for prize winners to take their time before collecting their winnings.

"People will take a couple of weeks and talk to a financial adviser or go and take a vacation. I've seen it all. In some instances a player doesn't even know they've won. The ticket is just sitting in their wallet or on the desk at the office or at home."

Fairclough adds the winner will need to sign the ticket and bring along some identification when claiming the life changing jackpot.

Unofficially, the winning numbers are 8, 22, 37, 40, 41, 44.

If you're wondering, the odds of winning the 6-49 draw are 1 in 13,983,816.

Odds makers say you have a better chance of seeing a UFO, (3,000,000 to 1) or dying from parts which fall off an airplane (10,000,000 to 1).

However, you are more likely to win the lottery than you are having a meteor land on your house. (182,000,000,000,000 to 1).



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